KOMMONSENTSJANE – GAO: FEDERAL AGENCIES MADE $136.7 BILLION IN IMPROPER PAYMENTS IN A SINGLE YEAR – JUST THINK – A SINGLE YEAR

Whoever was responsible for these improper payments needs to get his/her walking papers – it is called being fired – like right now – not tomorrow.  Now we know why our debt is so high.

Is their any way we can return the favor and get the money back?  Go after them and the money – they know they weren’t suppose to get it – they had to have done something fraudulent to get the money in the first place – the government just doesn’t send you a check.

When do you want to elect another OBAMA?

GAO: Fed Agencies Made $136.7 Billion in Improper Payments in Single Year

June 19, 2017

(SM Chavey, Liberty Headlines)

Of the reported $136.7 billion government-wide improper payments in 2015, $132 billion — 96.5 percent came from federal agencies, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Tuesday.

 

“Billions in taxpayer money is being wasted, and that’s unacceptable,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said in a statement according to The Hill. McCaskill requested the report from the GOA. “Whatever the political circus in Washington looks like, this is an area where Democrats and Republicans can and should work together, and that’s what I plan to do.”

Five years before, McCaskill co-sponsored the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) of 2010. The act simply requires federal agencies to periodically review, estimate improper payments, and report on programs that are particularly susceptible to improper payments. The improper payments violate this act.

Inspector Generals reported that 15 of the 24 agencies in the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 — a law intended to improve the management of government finances by outlining standards of both performance and disclosure — were reported as noncompliant with IPERA, resulting in the 96.5 percent.

According to the report, this was the third year that seven of the agencies were non-compliant: the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, and the Small Business Administration and Social Security Administration.

Since 2003, the GOA reported 1.2 trillion in improper payments.

Though the Department of Labor has struggled with improper payments and been working to decrease them for the past few years, they reported nearly $4 billion in improper payments in fiscal year 2016, according to an Office of the Inspector General report released on Tuesday.

The department reported that two of its programs — its Unemployment Insurance benefit program and its Federal Employee’s Compensation Act program — were vulnerable to improper payments in fiscal year 2014. Though aware of the problem, however, the department still reported $3.85 billion improper UI payments (high-priority) and $106.32 million improper FECA payments.

Additionally, neither of the payments achieved the goals set to decrease improper payments. At 11.65 percent, the UI payment rate was more than one percent outside of its goal and more than 1.5 percent outside of the requirements mandated by IPERA. The improper FECA payment rate, 3.54 percent, missed its goal by more than one percent.

In order to fix these issues, the Inspector General suggested improving the methodology the department uses to form some of their estimates. The department accepted the suggestions.

“The Department is strongly committed to being a responsible steward of public funds, and takes very seriously its obligations…to reduce and eliminate improper payments,” Principal Deputy Chief Financial Officer Geoffrey Kenyon said in his response. “The Department will continue its focus on program integrity improvement and take all cost-effective measures to minimize risk.”

Not all improper payments are fraud and not all are demonstrate a government loss, but all of them are detrimental. They are made by either paying the wrong amount, the wrong person, for the wrong reason, or without proper reporting.

Once a department reports improper payments, the Inspector General has to look into the situation to determine if the department is making adequate changes

Although the department missed some key goals, the Inspector General reported that it did fulfill many requirements, including publishing improper payment estimates for susceptible programs, reporting on its efforts to recapture those payments, and a number of others.

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