ABSTRACT

Improper Payments Legislation: Key Provisions, Implementation, and Selected Proposals in the 114th Congress [December 7, 2016]   [open pdf - 685KB]

As Congress searches for ways to generate savings, reduce the deficit, and fund federal programs, it has held hearings and passed legislation to prevent and recover improper payments. Improper payments-which exceeded $137 billion in FY2015-are payments made in an incorrect amount, payments that should not have been made at all, or payments made to an ineligible recipient or for an ineligible purpose. The total amount of improper payments may be even higher than reported because several agencies have yet to determine improper payment amounts for all of their programs. […] The Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015 (H.R. 4180/S. 2133) would require the OMB [Office of Management and Budget] to establish financial and administrative controls related to fraud and improper payments. Agencies would be required to include in their annual financial reports a discussion of their progress in implementing fraud risk guidance. OMB would also be required to establish a working group to improve the sharing of (1) best practices for mitigating fraud, and (2) effective data analytics techniques. The working group would also submit a plan to Congress for establishing an interagency library of data analytics and data sets, which would be used by federal agencies and IGs to facilitate the detection, prevention, and recovery of fraud, including improper payments."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R44702
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2016-12-07
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