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Carper Praises Obama Administration For Cutting Improper Payments

Senator Tom Carper is praising the Obama Administration for decreasing the rate of improper payments by the federal government.

The federal Office of Management and Budget has announced that the Administration has avoided making more than $47 billion in improper payments over the last three years. The OMB says the Administration has decreased its error rate to just 4.3 percent. The decrease in improper payments has been driven by a drop in payment errors by Medicaid, unemployment and other large federal programs.

Sen. Carper sponsored the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) of 2010, which was signed into law by President Obama in July of that year. In July of last year, Carper introduced the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2012 to build on the original law. The bill was passed by the Senate on August 2 of this year, and is now awaiting consideration in the House of Representatives.

The following is a statement from Sen. Carper:

“I am encouraged by the continuing work by the Administration to rein in improper payments across the government,” said Sen. Carper. “By making this issue a priority and by investing the proper resources, the Administration has shown that we can generate real savings and make real progress in our ongoing effort to eliminate improper payments. Although we have made great strides in curbing improper payments in the past two years, we still have a ways to go to improve transparency and make agencies and agency leadership more accountable – while better protecting our scarce taxpayer dollars. The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010, which the President signed into law two years ago, is an important tool in our shed, and my most recent bill, the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012, takes it to the next level and makes it stronger, more robust and more effective at preventing and recovering improper payments. I will continue to work with my Congressional colleagues and the Administration, as I have done for the past eight years, to see that these measures are properly and efficiently implemented.”

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