Delays in getting relief funds to aviation contractors may have resulted in the layoffs and furloughs of more than 16,500 people at 15 companies, according to a report released Friday by a House subcommittee overseeing the federal response to the pandemic.

The report by the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis sharply criticized the Treasury Department’s handling of the Payroll Support Program, saying that the agency’s process for allocating the $3 billion in funds available for aviation contractors was “slow and protracted” and that officials could have done more to ensure that companies received funding that matched their current workforce.

Ultimately, the subcommittee concluded that instead of preserving jobs, the Trump administration’s implementation of the Payroll Support Program “significantly weakened the Program’s impact on job preservation.”

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