A bureaucratic turf battle between the Treasury Department and a government watchdog named by President Trump could be giving free rein to scammers sucking cash out of federal COVID-19 relief programs.
Brian Miller, the Trump-appointed Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery, complained in a new report that the Treasury Department is thwarting his investigations into COVID-relief fraud and “double dipping” — and that the Department of Justice has backed the block.
“The consequence is permanently reduced oversight” of the $2.2 trillion of pandemic relief spending that Congress approved in 2020, along with the $1.9 trillion of additional funds authorized by President Joe Biden this year, Miller wrote Friday.
Miller’s job as the spending programs’ watchdog was established by the CARES Act last year. The former White House attorney won Senate confirmation in April.
But according to documents included in his report, the scope of his oversight has been restricted by the Treasury Department — which claims that multi-billion-dollar