Improper payments by the federal government totaled nearly $125 billion in fiscal year 2014, according to a newly released report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The GAO said the waste was spread across 124 programs in 22 agencies. “This taxpayer money was not spent securing our borders, it was not spent on national defense, and it was not spent contributing to safety net (sic) for those in need,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Affairs, in a hearing Monday.
This is a problem that is going to get worse year after year if we do not get a handle on it now. As the federal government becomes even more involved in our healthcare system, outlays will continue to grow, and so will improper payments.
One of the most startling examples of improper payments was Medicare’s payments to doctors and hospitals totaling $46 billion, along with Medicaid’s at $17.5 billion.
Other examples include:
- Earned Income Tax Credit – $17.7 billion
- Medicare Advantage (Part C) – $12.2 billion
- Unemployment Insurance – $5.6 billion
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – $5.1 billion
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – $2.4 billion
- School Lunch – $1.7 billion
You can read the full report here.
An article composed in The Associated Press Tuesday got to the heart of the matter:
Social Security has no death record for 6.5 million people who would be at least 112 years old, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general.
In reality, only a few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world.
Only 13 of the people are still getting Social Security benefits, the report said. But for others, their Social Security numbers are still active, so a number could be used to report wages, open bank accounts, obtain credit cards or claim fraudulent tax refunds.
“There is one root cause that is easily identified, but for reasons that defy logic, has been incredibly difficult to solve,” Johnson contended. “The federal government has wasted billions of dollars over the last few decades giving money to dead people.”
h/t: Fox News
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