The Obama administration has sent a memo to all government agencies that directs them to use a new online tool called Do Not Pay that the Office of Management and Budget and U.S. Treasury department created to identify and stop payment errors and fraud.
Obama pushes error and fraud tool
In June 2010, President Barack Obama issued a memo that called for establishing a single-entry point where agencies could access relevant data in a network of databases called the “Do Not Pay List.” The new online tool that was announced Thursday builds on that and includes two components: a web-based, single-entry portal allowing government agencies to access the data sources in the June 2010 memo, and data analytics services that use other sources not available through the portal.
Each government agency is required to submit a draft of its plan for using the Do Not Pay tool by no later than June 30. The memo also noted that OMB will work with agencies to review the plans and provide comments by no later than July 31.
According to the White House, federal agencies have exceeded the president's 2010 goal to recapture $2 billion in overpayments to contractors by the end of this fiscal year. “The Administration was able to surpass this goal nearly six months ahead of time, due in large part to hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries from the Medicare fee-for-service Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program,” the administration noted in an announcement about its new anti-fraud tool.
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