OIG: DoJ Complied With Improper Payments and Recovery Act

An OIG report has found that overall DoJ was compliant with the Improper Payments and Recovery Act in fiscal year 2017.

The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA) requires each Office of the Inspector General to determine whether the agency is in compliance with IPERA and to submit a report on that determination.

The examination was comprised of the OIG gaining an understanding of the Department and component-level controls through inquiry procedures, a review of documentation supporting the information published in the Department’s AFR, as well as recalculating the Department’s computations.

The Department’s annual risk assessment of all programs and activities, not including Hurricane Sandy disaster relief activities, did not identify any programs or activities to be susceptible to significant improper payments for fiscal year 2017. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 requires that all programs and activities receiving funds for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief activities be automatically considered susceptible to significant improper payments, regardless of any previous improper payment risk assessment results. Based on the Department’s testing in prior years, the Department estimated no improper payments for these funds.

Through payment recapture audits in fiscal year 2017, the Department identified for recovery $9.984 million and recovered $8.529 million in current and prior year improper payments, which is an annual improper payment recovery rate of 85.4 percent. Outside of payment recapture audits, the OIG, through its audits, identified $1.951 million in additional improper payments, and the Department recovered
$2.451 million of current and prior year improper payments, which is an annual improper payments recovery rate of 125.6 percent.

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