$236,000,000,000 in ‘Improper Payments’ Made by US Government in One Year, Exposing Material Weakness in Internal Controls: Report

$236,000,000,000 in ‘Improper Payments’ Made by US Government in One Year, Exposing Material Weakness in Internal Controls: Report


The US government is botching hundreds of billions of dollars of payments per year, according to a new report.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says federal agencies made $236 billion in “improper payments” last year – a number that includes overpayments, inaccurate recordkeeping and fraud.

The agency says the wasteful and erroneous spending is a systemic issue showing a serious weakness in how the government manages money.

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“Improper payments—those that should not have been made or were made in the incorrect amount—have consistently been a government-wide issue…

GAO has found that these payments represent a material deficiency or weakness in internal controls.

Specifically, GAO has noted that the federal government is unable to determine the full extent of its improper payments or to reasonably

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