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High-Error Programs

OMB has designated 13 programs as "high-error". The criteria for determining when a program is high-error are found in OMB guidance PDF Document. The high-error programs are those programs that reported roughly $750 million or more in improper payments in a given year, did not report an error amount in the current reporting year but previously reported an error amount over the threshold, or have not yet established a program error rate and have measured components that were above the threshold.

Select a program from the list below to view program details:

Program Agency Total Payments (outlays) Improper Payment Amounts Improper Payment Rates
Medicare Fee-for-Service Department of Health and Human Services $360.2B $45.8B 12.7%
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Department of the Treasury $65.2B $17.7B 27.1%
Medicaid Department of Health and Human Services $261.6B $17.5B 6.7%
Medicare Advantage (Part C) Department of Health and Human Services $135.5B $12.2B 9.0%
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Department of Labor $48.4B $5.6B 11.6%
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Administration $55.4B $5.1B 9.2%
Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI) Social Security Administration $824.2B $3.0B 0.4%
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Department of Agriculture $76.1B $2.4B 3.2%
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) Department of Health and Human Services $58.5B $1.9B 3.3%
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Department of Agriculture $11.5B $1.7B 15.2%
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Department of Education $102.1B $1.5B 1.5%
Rental Housing Assistance Programs Department of Housing and Urban Development $31.7B $1.0B 3.2%
Federal Crop Insurance Department of Agriculture $17.4B $1.0B 5.6%
School Breakfast Department of Agriculture $3.6B $0.9B 25.6%
Pell Grants Department of Education $31.6B $0.7B 2.2%
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Department of Health and Human Services $9.5B $0.6B 6.5%

NR: No data has been reported for the current period

Note: All amounts are in billions of dollars