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White House $1.6B COVID fraud plan gives federal watchdogs increased staffing

March 2, 2023

The Biden administration is asking Congress to give federal watchdogs and prosecutors more funding — and more time — to go after billions of dollars in COVID-19 spending lost to fraudsters.

The White House is seeking $1.6 billion to help federal law enforcement and agency inspectors general handle a growing caseload of pandemic-related fraud claims.

The spending request issued Thursday previews some of what the Biden administration will include in its fiscal 2024 budget proposal, which it expects to release next week. It also includes many of the recommendations that pandemic watchdogs have made to lawmakers.

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