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Improper payments: Government Wide Estimates and Use of Death Data to Help Prevent Payments to Deceased Individuals

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[Technical Report, Congressional Testimony]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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As the steward of taxpayer dollars, the federal government is accountable for how it spends hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars annually. The Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, as amended, requires federal executive branch agencies to 1 review all programs and activities, 2 identify those that may be susceptible to significant improper payments, 3 estimate the annual amount of improper payments for those programs and activities, 4 implement actions to reduce improper payments and set reduction targets, and 5 report on the results of addressing the foregoing requirements. In general, reported improper payment estimates include payments that should not have been made, were made in the incorrect amount, or were not supported by sufficient documentation.

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  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]