CARES Act/The Great Act

COVID-19 Reporting: Best Practices and Data Standards

June 24 | 2:00–3:50 PM ET | 2 CPEs | FOS: FIN

Program Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Field of Study: Finance (FIN)

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The federal government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by enacting multiple laws, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act"), appropriating over $2 trillion for assistance and economic support. President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27, 2020. To ensure accountability and transparency for this extraordinary spending, the CARES Act includes special reporting provisions. The White House Office of Management and Budget issued guidance on these reporting requirements on April 10, 2020. As pandemic response awards are paid out and spent, it will be important for agencies, award recipients, and the public to understand the requirements of the CARES Act and OMB's guidance and how to access reliable information on the pandemic response. Meanwhile, existing initiatives for better financial and assistance data, including the DATA Act of 2014, the Trump Administration's Cross-Agency Priority Goal on Results-Oriented Accountability for Grants, and the GREAT Act of 2019, are only reinforced by pandemic response accountability measures. For example, OMB has instructed agencies to use the DATA Act reporting process to identify pandemic response awards. This webinar will introduce government financial professionals to best practices for reporting under the CARES Act and OMB's guidance, and further explain how pandemic response reporting reinforces long-term data standardization projects.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand how agencies are tracking and reporting their pandemic response spending, subject to the CARES Act and OMB's guidance.
  • Understand how the federal government, as a whole, will collect and publish data on pandemic response spending.
  • Understand the perspective of recipients of pandemic response awards on the CARES Act's accountability and transparency provisions.
  • Understand the connections between pandemic response reporting and long-term standardization projects for financial and assistance data.


Rhea Hubbard

Rhea Hubbard
Senior Policy Analyst

Natalie Rico

Natalie Rico
Senior Policy Analyst


Hudson Hollister

Hudson Hollister
Founder and CEO
Data Foundation

Ramona Manikarnika

Ramona Manikarnika

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Cancellations and early bird group pricing deadline: June 19, 2020.