Acting Director, Financial Management and AssuranceGovernment Accountability Office
February 18th and 25th, 2009
Status of Agencies' Efforts to Address Improper Payments
The Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) of 2002 requires federal agencies to review all programs and activities annually, and identify those that may be susceptible to significant erroneous payments. Improper Payments include:
- Payments that should not have been made;
- Payments in an incorrect amount;
- Payments to an ineligible recipient;
- Payments for an ineligible service;
- Duplicate payments;
- Payments for services not received; and
- Payments that do not account for credits or applicable discounts.
While agencies have made progress in the past few years, major challenges continue to hinder full reporting of improper payments information, including noncompliance issues and reported statutory or regulatory barriers.Listen Here...