A recent U.S. House subcommittee hearing found that the federal government made $125.4 billion in improper payments last year, according to WHTM-TV.
According to Republican Congressman Todd Platts of Pennsylvania – the chairman of the House Subcomittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management – incorrect payments, payments to ineligible recipients, duplicate payments, and payments for services not received can all fall under the umbrella of improper payments.
"Focusing on eliminating improper payments goes to the very heart of government accountability," said Platts, as reported by the news source. "When citizens pay their taxes, they have an absolute right to expect that their tax dollars are being spent responsibility and appropriately."
Platts said that the subcommittee is reviewing executive branch accountability and financial management in order to implement stricter oversight and controls.
Government agencies must now report a list of estimated improper payments under the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.