Obama signs law to curb bad pay­ments

Austin American-Statesman - - FRIDAY BRIEFING -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed leg­is­la­tion in­tended to slash by $50 bil­lion the tax­payer money im­prop­erly paid to dead peo­ple, fugi­tives and those in jail who shouldn’t be get­ting ben­e­fits. Such bad pay­ments range from out­right fraud to checks is­sued to the wrong per­son or for the wrong amount be­cause of a typo. The new law will strengthen the ef­forts by fed­eral agen­cies to halt the flow of im­proper money in a se­ries of ways. Among those steps: re­quir­ing more au­dits of pro­grams and adding penal­ties for agen­cies that don’t com­ply with the law. The Im­proper Pay­ments Elim­i­na­tion and Re­cov­ery Act also broad­ens how any re­cov­ered money can be used.

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