DOD inspector general to be watchdog for pandemic rescue funds

By Tony Bertuca / March 30, 2020 at 3:07 PM

Acting Defense Department inspector general Glenn Fine has been tapped to oversee $2 trillion in stimulus spending meant to mitigate the economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Fine will chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which is composed of other inspectors general from throughout the federal government and tasked with investigating how the unprecedented coronavirus relief package is spent.

"Through our efforts, we will seek to promote transparency and ensure that funds are being used consistently with the law's mandate to respond to this public health crisis," he said in a statement.

Fine said he will continue to serve as IG for the Defense Department while chairing the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.

"The structure of the committee will be developed soon," he said.

The $2 trillion stimulus package contains $10.5 billion in additional DOD spending.

Prior to joining DOD in 2015, Fine serve as the Justice Department inspector general for 11 years.