What is the Congressional Oversight Commission (COC)?
The COC is a bipartisan Commission specifically tasked with overseeing how the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve) are utilizing specific taxpayer funds to provide economic stability as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How was the COC Established?
The COC was established by Section 4020 of Title IV, Subtitle A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), (P.L. 116-136).
What are the COC's Specific Duties?
The COC is tasked with oversight of the implementation and execution of Subtitle A by the Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Furthermore, the COC is mandated to submit regular reports specifically addressing the implementation and effectiveness of loans, loan guarantees and investments as well as the transparency of these transactions.
The COC is responsible for answering two basic questions:
- What are the Treasury and Federal Reserve doing with $500 billion of taxpayer money?
- Who is that money helping?
Who Serves on the COC?
The COC was established as a bipartisan, five member panel. To date, the following four members have been appointed; a Chairperson has not yet been named.
- Representative French Hill (R-AR)
- Commissioner Bharat Ramamurti (D)
- Representative Donna E. Shalala (D-FL)
- Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)