State and Localities Begin Standing Up Dedicated COVID-19 Related Spending Portals
Published: May 21, 2020
As money begins to flow to the State and Localities, the need for increased tracking and transparency of COVID related spending will be needed. A few early adopter SLED governments have begun the process of standing up COVID related spending portals that gives a unique insight into how money is being allocated to combat COVID-19.
**Updated May 21st**
Since writing the original article, a few additional State and Local governments have stood up pages to track COVID related expenditures.
In the State of Missouri, the State Auditor has created a detailed view of COVID related expenditures. To date, Missour has spent $1.02 billion to combat COVID. ECLAT Commerce Inc was the largest vendor with receiveing over $7.7 million from the State.
In New York City, the Independent Budget Office has created a COVID-19 Spending Tracker Portal. To date, the largest area of expenditures for the city has been for Health Care, Hospital and Laboratory supplies, at $785,535,130.
Louisville, Kentucky has set up a data set in their open data portal from the Office of Managment and Budget that is tracking COVID-19 expense reports. The document details estimated expenditures related to COVID-19. The most recent document has expenditures up to May 15, 2020, totallying $9,848,001. The top 5 vendors to date are: Mastersons Food & Drink Inc ($404,742), RCS Subsidy ($173,698), Dell Marketing LP ($115,609), Louisville Gas & Electric Company ($106,087) and Spraying Systems Company ($64,646)
Original Published Article; 4/28
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has caused a dramatic shift in the United States, and state and local government agencies are taking dramatic measures to manage the crisis and prepare to rebuild in the aftermath. States, counties, cities, special districts and educational institutions are relying on contractors and working with them closely in order to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
The federal government has been passing major bills to provide more than $2T in supplemental funding, in order to expand the scope of the governmental medical and economic response to COVID-19. Included in that funding are billions of dollars for state and local governments. As a result, SLED governments are beginning to stand up portals to begin tracking the flow of money and providing transparency to its constituents.
In the State of Illinois, Comptroller Susana Mendoza debuted an online portal identifying each expenditure since Gov. J.B. Pritzker's March 9 disaster declaration, which allows his administration to coordinate with state partners and federal agencies in buying equipment and supplies.
Illinois has paid $179 million for medicine and protective equipment to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the past month. One interesting expenditure after looking at the data, Governor. J.B. Pritzker has spent more than $1.7 million in state money on a pair of flights from China to bring back millions of pieces of personal protective equipment in the coming weeks as Illinois fights the coronavirus outbreak. There are two prepayment invoices of $888,275 apiece to FedEx Trade Network Transport Inc. for aircraft charter flights to Shanghai, China “for COVID19 response.”
In the State of Missouri, On April 10, 2020, Governor Parson formed an informal working group, led by Treasurer Fitzpatrick, to make recommendations for the use of federal funding provided for COVID-19-related costs under the CARES Act. This advisory body will study and analyze the federal relief available to Missouri, its citizens, and businesses and identify best practices and procedures to apply that relief. Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced the creation of a CARES Act information portal on April 23rd. While not as detailed as the State of Illinois portal, it shows how much direct funding the State has received to date.
In South Carolina, Act 116 of 2020 - COVID-19 Response Fund requires the Executive Budget Office (EBO) to provide a detailed accounting of the expenditure of all funds appropriated pursuant to the act. EBO will provide updated reports monthly. The first report released by EBO on April 1st, gives a breakdown of COVID spending by category. Not suprisingly, the largest category of expenditures is for supplies, totallying $7,711,126.13. Below is breakdown of spending from the report.
In the City of St. Louis, the city is spending on supplies and operations associated with its response to COVID-19. The city launched a financial transparency portal on April 23rd. The city spent a total of $2,285,513.75 through April 12 on expenses, which include COVID-19 test kits, safety glasses, gloves and masks. The largest expenditure to date from the City was with Global Strategies Global Solutions for KN-95 masks for $1,243,000.
Similarly in St. Louis County, Executive Sam Page announced a transparency portal for the county’s spending on the response to COVID-19. To date, the county has spent $579,914 and has committed $5,445,671 The expenses range from N95 masks, medical supplies for hospitals to portable toilets for the parks and recreation department. Page said that the county was expected to receive the nearly $174 million from the CARES Act on April 24.
GovWin will continue to monitor whether additional State, Local and Education governments begin to stand up dedicated COVID-19 related spending portals.