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Senate OKs Improper Payment Bill; Tom Carper Comments

Tom Carper
Tom Carper

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bipartisan bill that seeks to enhance existing procedures and requirements to help detect and curb improper payments by federal agencies.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) co-authored the Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015 with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) as an amendment to the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012, Carper’s office said Wednesday.

Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson

The bill aims to require the departments of State and Defense to submit data on the deaths of individuals and extend the Do Not Pay program to legislative and judicial branches.

“This legislation builds on past bipartisan efforts to implement stronger program integrity measures across the federal government and provide agency officials with the tools they need to identify and prevent improper payments,” Carper said.

The federal government made improper payments valued at approximately $125 billion in fiscal year 2014 based on the data of the Office of Management and Budget.

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