Workgroup on Pandemic Spending Set to Convene

Deputy budget secretary to outline state and federal COVID-19 relief spending.

The Comptroller’s Workgroup on Pandemic Spending will hold its first meeting on Thursday, May 20, at 1:30 pm to begin its review of state and federal COVID-related spending.

Deputy Secretary of the state Department of Budget and Management Marc Nicole will provide an overview of all pandemic relief programs, funded by either state or federal funds, in Maryland. DBM approved funds and tracks pandemic relief programs administered by various agencies of state and local government.

Bureau of Revenue Estimates Director Andrew Schaufele will also give an update on the economic impact of pandemic relief programs in Maryland.

According to a press release from the Maryland Comptroller:

Resulting from language inserted into the Fiscal Year 2022 budget by the Maryland General Assembly following Comptroller Franchot’s request for an independent review of pandemic-related spending, the workgroup will perform a full inspection of how pandemic funds have been expended; determine if the funds went to intended recipients and populations most in need; examine disparities in distribution; and identify possible predatory fraud and pandemic profiteering.

The meeting will be live-streamed on the Comptroller of Maryland’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Read the full press release for more information.