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State website launched to track Covid-19 expenditures

May 26 2020, 12:57 PM

A new online dashboard will track federal and state expenditures related to Covid-19 in Vermont. State Auditor Doug Hoffer announced the creation of the site last week, which he said will evolve over time as the pandemic progresses and information is updated.

Hoffer said his office created the dashboard because of the “unprecedented” levels of federal funding appropriated to Vermont amid the Covid-19 crisis. The tool is intended to help Vermonters follow the flow of these public dollars, to better understand how the $2 billion-plus is spent.

“Quickly disbursing funds aimed at mitigating this crisis while avoiding fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement is a critical but challenging task,” Hoffer said in a statement. “Providing the public with a transparent accounting of how their money is spent and can be spent is critical to the success of this effort.” 

The site provides an account of all spending and planned spending, data on expenditures by the state, hospitals, community health centers, higher education, and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, with other sectors’ data to be published in coming weeks. 

“Government accountability is necessary to ensure that this extraordinary disbursement of public funds is spent effectively and efficiently,” Hoffer said. “As we conduct accountability exercises, we will seek to inform Vermonters of how their money is used to solve these problems.” 

— Ellie French