WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that her bipartisan, bicameral effort to end improper federal payments and cut down on waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government and save billions of taxpayer dollars passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform unanimously. In May, Bustos joined with Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) to introduce the Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015, H.R.2320, which would improve existing programs, requirements and procedures established to identify and prevent improper federal payments. With today’s House Committee passage, the bill now goes to the full House for consideration.
Each year, agencies across the federal government pay billions in improper payments in error or due to fraud. According to the Office of Management and Budget, federal agencies made an estimated $125 billion in improper payments in 2014 alone.
“The federal government makes billions of dollars in improper payments each year, costing taxpayers their hard-earned money while undermining the effectiveness of federal programs and services,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “This is unacceptable and why I’m continuing my efforts to curb government waste, fraud and abuse by joining with Congressman Mulvaney to put an end to these improper payments once and for all. I am pleased that our bill passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform unanimously today and look forward to our effort coming before the full House for consideration.”
The Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015 is the House companion bill to S. 614, which was introduced in March by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Ron Johnson (R-WI). The bill is designed to strengthen the federal requirements and procedures to identify and prevent improper payments. Other House cosponsors include Congressmen Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3), Gerry Connolly (VA-11) and Buddy Carter (GA-1).
The full text of this bill can be found HERE.
Bustos has fought hard to reduce government waste, fraud and abuse in order to reduce the federal deficit while preserving critical programs on which hard working families, seniors and veterans rely. In April, she introduced the bipartisan Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act, a common sense plan to save millions of federal dollars by curbing erroneous payments to deceased individuals. The bill would allow all federal agencies access to the Death Master File, the most complete information on who has died, maintained by the Social Security Administration.