Arne Duncan – United States of America – World Leader

The White House Office of Management and Budget declared today that it had made genuine progress in cutting wasteful and improper payments to the tune of $17.6 billion in fiscal year 2011, with significant decreases in payment errors coming from Medicare, Medicaid, Pell Grants, and Food Stamps.

Combined with the improper payment cuts in 2010, administration officials said agencies avoided making over $20 billion in improper payments in the two years since President Obama issued an executive order initiating an aggressive campaign against wasteful payment errors.

OMB Director Jack Lew, in a press briefing today, attributed the progress to “an unparalleled commitment” by the White House, and the use of “forensic technologies” in rooting out sources of improper payments. Keep reading →

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