Examining Billion Dollar Waste through Improper Payments

Hearing Date: September 22, 2016 3:00 pm 2247 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine agency compliance with improper payment laws and the role of Treasury’s Do Not Pay Center (DNP) in reducing improper payments.


  • The Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) requires federal executive branch agencies to review all programs and identify those that may be susceptible to significant improper payments.
  • Improper payment estimates across the federal government for FY 2015 totaled $136.7 billion, more than $30 billion higher than the estimated total for FY 2013.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration have been flagged for excessive non-compliance and high rates of improper payments.
  • DNP offers a centralized system of data sources that allow agencies to verify the eligibility of entities and people to receive payments, thus reducing the amount of improper payments distributed by agencies.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable David Mader Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management The Office of Management and Budget Document
Ms. Sheila Conley Deputy Chief Financial Officer U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Document
Ms. Laurie Park Deputy Assistant Secretary of Finance U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Document
Ms. Marianna LaConfora Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Chair of the Improper Payments Board U.S. Social Security Administration Document
Mr. Jeff Schramek Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Debt Management Services U.S. Department of Treasury Document