Improper Payments: Posthearing Responses on a December 5, 2006, Hearing to Assess the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 Page: 4 of 6
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DRAFT BILL LANGUAGE TO AMEND
THE IMPROPER PAYMENTS INFORMATION ACT
Sec. _ . Subsection (d) of section 2 of Public Law 107-300 (31 U.S.C. 3321 note)
is amended by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new paragraph:
"(4) SIGNIFICANT.---- For purposes of subsection (a), the term "significant"
means annual improper payments under a program or activity that exceed
DRAFT REPORT LANGUAGE
The Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 (IPIA) states that agency heads must
review their agencies' programs and activities to determine those that are susceptible
to significant improper payments. The law does not currently define what programs
or activities are susceptible to significant improper payments. In its implementing
guidance, OMB directed that a program or activity is susceptible to significant
improper payments if it meets two criteria-potential improper payments exceeding
$10 million and 2.5 percent of program payments. Therefore, both criteria must be
met for an agency to subject the program to the later steps requiring the agency to
estimate improper payments and address the various improper payment reporting
requirements. Using OMB's criteria could materially affect the extent to which
agencies report improper payment information in their performance and
accountability reports. This section would amend IPIA to define, for purposes of
identifying what programs or activities are susceptible to improper payments, the
term "significant" to mean "annual improper payments under a program or activity
that exceed $10 million." This amendment will result in more complete disclosure and
transparency of governmentwide improper payment reporting.
GAO-07-533R Improper Payments
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Improper Payments: Posthearing Responses on a December 5, 2006, Hearing to Assess the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, text, February 27, 2007; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302281/m1/4/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.