Examining Billion Dollar Waste through Improper Payments

Hearing Date: July 7, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


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


The Improper Payments Information Act 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, over $30 billion higher than the estimated total for FY 2014.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration have been flagged for excessive noncompliance and high rates of improper payments.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Dr. Shantanu Agrawal Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Program Integrity Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Ms. Laurie Park Deputy Assistant Secretary of Finance U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Ms. Marianna LaCanfora Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Chair of the Improper Payments Board U.S. Social Security Administration
Mr. Jeff Schramek Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Debt Management Services U.S. Department of the Treasury