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Eliminating Agency Payment Errors

Full Committee Hearing


The hearing will focus on agencies' FY07 improper payments estimates reported under the Improper Payments Information Act. It will also look into efforts to reduce and eliminate improper payments and to recover identified overpayments. An estimated $55 billion in improper payments were made in FY07, most of them overpayments. This is up from $41 billion in FY06. However, a number of major programs – such as TANF, SCHIP, and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit – are not yet reporting improper payments estimates. The GAO report GAO-08-377R provides a good summary of the FY07 estimates and the challenges agencies are facing in this area. GAO, OMB, the Social Security Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have been invited to testify at the hearing.


Panel 1

  • McCoy Willams
    Managing Director, Financial Management and Assurance Team
    U.S. Government Accountability Office
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  • The Honorable  Daniel I. Werfel
    Acting Controller
    Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
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Panel 2

  • The Honorable  Charles R. Christopherson
    Chief Financial Officer
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
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  • Mr.   Anthony Dale
    Managing Director
    Federal Communication Commission
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  • Mr.  Charles Johnson
    Assistant Secretary for Budget, Technology and Finance
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mr.   David Rust
    Acting Deputy Commissioner, Disability and Income Security Programs
    U.S. Social Security Administration