The Government Accountability Office recently hosted a panel discussion to talk about how organizations could foster collaboration to use analytics to tackle improper payments. Federal News Radio's Eric White spoke with Vijay D'Souza, director of GAO's Center for Enhanced Analytics, on Federal Drive with Tom Temin for a recap of the event and some of the topics covered.
The Labor Department's unemployment insurance program pays out $3.5 billion a year improperly, an error rate of more than 10 percent. Justin Bullock, assistant professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A & M, studied this problem. He shares the results on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
David Mader spent the last two years as the controller at the Office of Management and Budget working with the Treasury Department and other agencies to try to get a better handle on why the government spends money that is deemed improper.
Looking closer at metadata and partnering with state departments of revenue and industry groups, the IRS is reducing risk of tax return identity theft
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) offered his first insights into his management ideas during his two-committee marathon nomination hearings to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The Government Accountability Office issued its 2016 report on federal financial management and once again can’t offer an opinion because of incomplete data from DoD, HUD and NSF.
The Government Accountability Office says it's helping agencies move from a "pay-and-chase" mentality to a broader, more risk-based approach to combating fraud. Yet even with help from GAO and OMB, agencies still need better data analytics tools and stronger leadership attention to address the root causes of fraud.
The Office of Management and Budget said it's overhauling PaymentAccuracy.gov, the website the agency uses to report improper payments data. The original version of the site wasn't entirely accurate, OMB Controller Dave Mader told Congress. But some lawmakers are skeptical that OMB's work will bring the results it's looking for.
Government issued more improper payments in fiscal 2015 — $137 billion — a new high for agencies since the Office of Management and Budget first began measuring the rate in 2004. And as more agencies receive more material weaknesses, OMB said the federal accounting community has a role to play in turning this negative trend around.
Approve of them or not, these vast and Byzantine federal programs at the ground level provide lifelines to millions of people. So summary execution of them is no answer.
The Social Security Administration is pairing up with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that social security benefit recipients over the age of 90 are, in fact, still alive.
The GAO, the administrations who preside over improper payments, the chief financial officers — it's not fair to say they're nonchalant about it. More like inured, numb to the magnitude of it.
Most of the increase in the government's improper payments during 2015 comes from a higher rate of payment errors in the Medicaid program.
Reported improper payments are likely to increase as agencies improve their ability to ferret out overpayments and underpayments