PaymentAccuracy.gov

An Official Website of the United States Government

Government-Wide Improper Payment Targets

2013 Payment
Accuracy Rate

96.5%

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    We are still in the process of updating PaymentAccuracy.gov with 2014 data. In the meantime, improper payment information for specific programs can be found in each agency’s financial report.

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    • “Improper payments” are payments made by the government to the wrong person, in the wrong amount, or for the wrong reason. Although not all improper payments are fraud, and not all improper payments represent a loss to the government...more

    • An improper payment can happen for a number of reasons. Knowing the causes of program error is essential. By understanding the causes of improper payments, agencies can better implement policies and procedures to reduce…more

    Resources

    Toolbox Need more information on improper payments? We have a list of useful improper payment resources—including agency specific data, laws, and implementing guidance—that are often requested by agencies and the public.

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    Success Stories

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    • The Administration has announced that the government wide error rate has decreased to 3.53 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2013, having steadily declined for four consecutive years from its high-water mark of 5.42 percent in FY 2009.more

    • The Administration has announced that the government-wide error rate has decreased to 4.35 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2012, having steadily declined from its high-water mark of 5.42 percent in FY 2009. more