(Press Release, April 7, 2020)
Idaho Governor Brad Little Outlines Process to Ensure Transparency, Accountability in Use of Federal Funds to Fight Coronavirus
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little signed an executive order today, forming his new Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee to oversee the approximately $1.25 billion in federal funds that Idaho will receive to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, State Controller Brandon Woolf is partnering with Governor Little report the use of funds on https://transparent.idaho.gov/transparentidaho/Pages/home.aspx, giving all Idahoans the opportunity to see how the federal funds are used.
“This federal funding – the taxpayers’ money – must be prudently managed on behalf of all taxpayers,” Governor Little said. “I can assure Idahoans that the federal funds will not be used to create new government programs in Idaho, and we will uphold our Constitutional mandate to provide a long-term, structurally balanced budget for the people of Idaho.”
The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee will make recommendations to ensure the federal funds are appropriately prioritized and efficiently distributed across state, local and tribal governments. It also will play a critical oversight role to ensure the federal funds are used judiciously and appropriately. The funds are expected to be available on or around April 24.
“Transparency in government spending is one of my highest priorities, and I am proud that Idaho will lead the nation in shining light on how these public funds will be used to help us fight coronavirus in the state,” State Controller Woolf said.
Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee members include:
Alex Adams, Administrator, Division of Financial Management (Chair)
Senator Steve Bair, Co-chair, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee
Representative Rick Youngblood, Co-chair, Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee
Josh Whitworth, Chief of Staff, Office of the State Controller
Jani Revier, Director, Idaho Department of Labor
Tom Kealey, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce
Shawn Keough, State Board of Education member
Lisa Hettinger, Deputy Director, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Garden City Mayor John Evans, city government representative
Seth Grigg, Executive Director, Idaho Association of Counties, county government representative
Chantel Greene, Nez Perce Tribe, tribal government representative
Dennis Johnson, large business representative
Matt Newton, small/midsize business representative
Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, Intergovernmental Affairs Director, Office of the Governor