RAC pro­gram helps sur­pass goal to re­cap­ture over­pay­ments

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The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion said it has sur­passed a goal nearly six months ahead of time to re­cap­ture $2 bil­lion in over­pay­ments to con­trac­tors by the end of fis­cal 2012, “due in large part to hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in re­cov­er­ies from the Medi­care fee-forser­vice Re­cov­ery Au­dit Contractor (RAC) pro­gram.” The ad­min­is­tra­tion noted the mile­stone in an an­nounce­ment about a new anti-fraud tool Pres­i­dent Barack Obama re­quested in 2010. The White House sent a memo to all gov­ern­ment agen­cies that di­rects them to use the Do Not Pay tool, which the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get and U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment cre­ated to iden­tify and stop pay­ment er­rors and fraud. Obama is­sued a memo in June 2010 that called for es­tab­lish­ing a sin­gle-en­try point where agen­cies could ac­cess rel­e­vant data in a net­work of data­bases called the “Do Not Pay List.” The new on­line tool builds on that and in­cludes a Web-based, sin­gle-en­try por­tal al­low­ing gov­ern­ment agen­cies to ac­cess the data sources de­scribed in Obama’s memo, as well as data an­a­lyt­ics ser­vices that use other sources not avail­able through the por­tal. Each gov­ern­ment agency is re­quired to sub­mit a draft of its plan for us­ing the Do Not Pay tool by no later than June 30.

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