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WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services acted with lightning speed to send health care providers more than $100 billion in Covid-19 relief grants — but it’s lagging on holding them accountable for how those funds were spent.

The Trump administration has quietly relaxed accountability measures and repeatedly delayed key deadlines meant to ensure the funds were spent properly. Late last week, it delayed again — this time, without even setting a new deadline, effectively punting compliance for the massive program to the Biden administration.

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