Military Services and VA Can Reduce Benefit Overpayments By Improving Exchange of Pay Data
United States Government Accountability Office Washington
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Through Federal law, military retirees and survivors are often entitled to receive military retirement benefits and VA compensation concurrently, VA benefits, however, must be deducted from any military benefits received. When they are not, overpayments result. GAO found that inadequacies in the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration lnteragency pay systems for making these benefit payments resulted in overpayments exceeding 6.6 million. Many overpayments were identified by reconciliation procsses, but the military services did not adequately examine and correct the errors. To preclude further overpayments and to correct other deficiencies, GAO recommends that VA and the military services --develop and follow procedures, including automated controls, to ensure the accurate and complete exchange of pay data between the agencies and --properly implement reconciliation procedures designed to identify and correct pay discrepancies.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations