High-Priority Programs

The government can achieve the greatest return on investment for the taxpayer by ensuring that improper payments are eliminated in the highest-risk programs, otherwise known as high-priority programs. These programs have improper payments estimates that exceed $2 billion annually.

High-priority programs are designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and agencies with high-priority programs have additional reporting requirements.

To reduce the monetary loss to the tax payers by issuing payments correctly the first time, in FY 2018 High Priority Programs will be combined with programs that have over a $100 Million or more in monetary loss.  This is an opportunity to improve the efficiency of government programs by focusing on reducing incorrect payment that result in monetary loss.

Determination criteria and reporting requirements for high-priority programs are found in OMB Guidance Circular A-123, Appendix C

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

ProgramAgencyOutlays RawTotal Payments (outlays)IP RawImproper Payment AmountsImproper Payment Rates
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) VA Community Care ProgramDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA)8$8B8$8B100.5%
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Purchased Long Term Services and Support (PLTSS)Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)2.1$2.1B2.1$2.1B100%
Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI)Social Security Administration910$910B6.2$6.2B0.68%
Unemployment Insurance (UI)Department of Labor28.7$28.7B3.7$3.7B13.05%
Medicare Advantage (Part C)Department of Health and Human Services191.9$191.9B15.6$15.6B8.1%
MedicaidDepartment of Health and Human Services370.4$370.4B36.2$36.2B9.79%
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramDepartment of Agriculture63.6$63.6B4$4B6.3%
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)Social Security Administration56.5$56.5B4.8$4.8B8.42%
Federal Pell Grant ProgramU.S. Department of Education28.2$28.2B2.3$2.3B8.15%
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan ProgramU.S. Department of Education94.1$94.1B3.8$3.8B3.99%
Earned Income Tax CreditDepartment of the Treasury73.6$73.6B18.4$18.4B25.06%
Medicare Fee-for-ServiceDepartment of Health and Human Services389.3$389.3B31.6$31.6B8.12%