Highlights of a Forum: Data Analytics to Address Fraud and Improper Payments, Convened by the Comptroller General of the United States   [open pdf - 6MB]

"In fiscal year 2016, federal agencies estimated making over $144 billion in improper payments, a number that has increased considerably in recent years. Improper payments, including those resulting from fraud, are a significant and pervasive government-wide issue and have presented a continuing challenge to the federal government. Reducing improper payments is critical to safeguarding federal funds, and could help achieve cost savings and help improve the government's fiscal position. GAO's [Government Accountability Office] previous work has shown that implementing preventive and detective controls, including data-analytics tools and techniques, is one strategy to address improper payments, including fraud. On September 21, 2016, GAO convened a group of data-analysis experts to discuss: (1) opportunities for collaboration, (2) considerations for establishing a data-analytics program, and (3) considerations for refining a data-analytics program. GAO selected 12 forum panelists from the government, private sector, public- private partnerships, and academia based on their demonstrated ability to provide examples of their work and discuss topics related to using data analytics to address improper payments, including fraud. This report summarizes the discussion by forum panelists. Comments expressed in the report do not necessarily represent the views of all participants, their organizations, or GAO. Panelists reviewed a draft of this report, and GAO incorporated their comments, as appropriate."

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