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Auditor McGuiness Launches ‘Fox Tracker,’ an Online American Rescue Plan Act Fund Tracker

From: Delaware.gov.

DOVER, Del. – State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness announced today that a new American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) Fund Tracker, called the Fox Tracker, is now accessible on the Auditor’s Office website.

“The goal of the overall Project: Gray Fox initiative is to maintain transparency between state government and Delawareans,” McGuiness said. “Following the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that the state be transparent about how it is spending this federal money to help create a strong economic resurgence.”

The development of the Fox Tracker comes after the federal government allocated over $1.5 billion in ARP funds to Delaware entities in March 2021. The Fox Tracker webpage breaks out exactly how much of that $1.5 billion has been allocated to each entity and program across the state.

“So, for example, Fox Tracker users can easily see that the state’s COVID School Emergency Relief Fund received a total of $410.9 million in ARP funds,” McGuiness said. “Then users can, with one click, see exactly how that $410.9 million has been expensed by school districts across the state.”

The Fox Tracker dovetails with the rest of Project: Gray Fox, which details how state agencies, school districts and municipalities are spending the ARP funds they have received. The interactive charts and graphs available at grayfox.delaware.gov allow users to drill down into transaction-level details about how state agencies and school districts have spent their ARP funds. For the 20 Gray Fox-participating municipalities, users can see exactly how much money they have spent in each approved ARP expenditure category.

“It’s a real-time continuum of how that $1.5 billion is being split up, how it’s been allocated and to whom, and exactly how entities are spending their portions,” McGuiness said. “The Fox Tracker and Project: Gray Fox provide the most in-depth, comprehensive information available online about the life cycle of these ARP funds in Delaware, and my office’s website is truly a one-stop shop for Delawareans to track this money in their communities.”

The Fox Tracker joins the CARES Act Fund Tracker, which shows how Delaware state agencies have spent the $927 million they received from the federal government as a result of the March 2020 passage of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Fox Tracker data is updated every Thursday, and CARES Act Fund Tracker data is updated every Monday.