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Improper Payments

What are Improper Payments? "Improper payments" occur when funds go to the wrong recipient, the recipient receives the incorrect amount of funds (including overpayments and underpayments), documentation is not available to support a payment, or the recipient uses funds in an improper manner.

In fiscal year 2009, federal government payments to recipients totaled $3.5 trillion. This is $500 billion more than what was paid in fiscal year 2008. Improper payments totaled $110 billion - an increase of over $38 billion from 2008.

The Administration is working with Federal and State partners, Congress, and other stakeholders, to reduce the government-wide amount of errors without negatively impacting citizen access to needed programs.

To learn more about improper payments and what is being done to reduce them, please visit the Payment Accuracy Web site.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 09-Jan-2015