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About the Federal Funds Equity and Accountability Review Panel

The Federal Funds Equity & Accountability Review Panel is tasked with tracking how American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are spent in Massachusetts.

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What is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)?

The federal government signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021. This law provides $1.9 trillion for continued COVID-19 response and recovery across the United States, including $350 billion for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. 

Massachusetts received approximately $8.7 billion from ARPA:

  • $5.3 billion for the state government to spend. 
  • $3.4 billion for city and town governments to spend.
  • $25 million for tribal governments to spend.

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What is the Federal Funds Equity and Accountability Review Panel?

Massachusetts approved a bill to spend $2.55 billion of the state’s $5.3 billion in ARPA funds (Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021). The state reserved the rest of those funds for future use.

This bill also created a 25-member Equity & Accountability Panel to evaluate how ARPA funds are spent in communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Panel members include representatives from a diverse group of organizations from across the state. 

Federal Funds Equity and Accountability Review Panel Members
(organized by Name, Org/Title, Appointing authority)

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