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High-Error Programs

OMB has designated 16 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 $358.3B $43.3B 12.1%
Medicaid Department of Health and Human Services $297.7B $29.1B 9.8%
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Department of the Treasury $65.6B $15.6B 23.8%
Medicare Advantage (Part C) Department of Health and Human Services $148.6B $14.1B 9.5%
Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI) Social Security Administration $862.7B $5.0B 0.6%
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Administration $56.5B $4.8B 8.4%
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Department of Labor $32.9B $3.5B 10.7%
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Department of Agriculture $70.0B $2.6B 3.7%
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) Department of Health and Human Services $62.0B $2.2B 3.6%
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Department of Agriculture $11.3B $1.8B 15.7%
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Department of Education $98.8B $1.3B 1.3%
Rental Housing Assistance Programs Department of Housing and Urban Development $32.0B $1.3B 4.0%
School Breakfast Department of Agriculture $3.8B $0.9B 23.0%
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Department of Health and Human Services $9.3B $0.6B 6.8%
Pell Grants Department of Education $29.9B $0.6B 1.9%
Federal Crop Insurance Department of Agriculture $13.7B $0.3B 2.2%

NR: No data has been reported for the current period

Note: All amounts are in billions of dollars