Improper Payments. Significant Improvements Needed in DOD's Efforts to Address Improper Payment and Recovery Auditing Requirements
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defense DOD is required, as are other federal executive agencies, to report improper payment information under the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 IPIA and recovery auditing information under section 831 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002, commonly known as the Recovery Auditing Act. The DOD Office of Inspector General has previously reported deficiencies at DOD related to these acts and GAOs prior work on DODs reporting of its fiscal year 2006 travel improper payments estimate also identified shortcomings. Because of these and other long-standing weaknesses, the subcommittee asked GAO to examine DODs fiscal year 2007 improper payment and recovery audit reporting to determine whether adequate processes existed to address both statutory requirements. To complete this work, GAO reviewed DODs annual reports, conducted site visits, and met with cognizant DOD officials. GAO made 13 recommendations aimed at improving DODs efforts to strengthen its improper payment and recovery auditing processes. DOD concurred with only one of our recommendations and provided technical comments which we incorporated as appropriate. GAO continues to believe the recommendations are appropriate to meet the intent of both acts and improve management of these key activities.
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