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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Senate committee passes bills on improper payments, whistleblower protections

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed three bills today to combat wasteful spending in government, strengthen federal whistleblower protections and improve interagency communications with a rotational program.

The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2011 expands on legislation passed last year to eliminate improper payments.

The new bill would: 
  • Require more consistent reporting of improper payments and eliminate voluntary disclosures by contractors.
  • Create a "Do Not Pay List" of contractors who have been convicted of fraud or for a similar reason.
  • Improving data on deceased beneficiaries.
  • Set up a pilot program that uses private companies to help agencies identify improper payments.

-Jolie Lee, FederalNewsRadio.com

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