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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Senator Carper, others introduce bill to supplement Improper Payments Law

Dover — Senators introduced a bill to bolster the Anti-Wasteful Spending Law, building on the landmark Improper Payments Law signed one year ago.

Sen. Tom Carper, chairman of the subcommittee on federal financial management, introduced legislation that builds on IPERA's initiatives and takes additional steps to identify, prevent and recover improper payments by federal agencies. Senators Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins and Scott Brown join senator Carper as cosponsors.

The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2011 goes beyond IPERA's goals for curbing agencies' improper payments with three main concepts, including provisions that: expand requirements and strengthen estimates for agencies' improper payments; mandate the establishment of a government-wide "Do Not Pay List;" and require Recovery Audit Contractor(RAC) pilot programs across federal agencies. According to an Office of Management and Budget estimate, federal agencies made nearly $125 billion in improper payments in 2010.

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