SCANDAL: Federal Agencies Made $174 Billion in Improper Payments in 2019

Government Accountability Office in a scathing report released in March, says that Federal Agencies reported improper payment estimates for the fiscal year 2019 totaled about $175 billion, based on improper payment estimates reported by federal programs, an increase from the fiscal year 2018 total of $151 billion. 

“Improper payments” are payments that should not have been made or that were made in incorrect amounts.

Of the $175 billion, about $121 billion (approximately 69 percent) was concentrated in three program areas: (1) Medicaid, (2) Medicare, and (3) Earned Income Tax Credit. About $74.6 billion (approximately 42.7 percent) of the government-wide estimate was reported as monetary loss, an amount that should not have been paid and in theory should or could be recovered. 

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