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senate Bill S. 614

Using a "Do Not Pay" Registry to Keep States and Federal Agencies From Paying the Wrong People

Argument in favor

All levels of government need to ensure tax dollars go where they’re supposed to. Using the DNP database will help track and eliminate improper payments while also making information sharing easier.

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12/06/2015
Yes. But should we dare ask "why don't we have it now." Year after year I read stories of prisoners, illegals, even foreign students sucking up taxpayers money. Having the Feds in charge my not be the best solution. Please recall the billions of taxpayer's cash going out of the IRS to fraudulent claims. Then we find out it would cost to much to recover the funds. Sounds like criminals being sponsored by the Federal Government.
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Donald's Opinion
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02/22/2016
Yes, and one master file should be on call at all times. This should be should include a way to correct any errors.
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03/21/2016
Fraudulent payments and misappropriated funds are one of the many, MANY things that must be fixed in the federal government, and this could do a lot to help that. But, it is a little disconcerting that, not only have similar programs not worked various states, but it could cost one billion dollars to implement and the CBO isn't convinced of its effectiveness. If this is to be done, it must be managed effectively and aught to be amended to cover Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, as well as other entitlement programs.
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Argument opposed

While this bill could result is fewer improper payments, state and local governments already use databases similar to the DNP to avoid these accounting errors — and they don't work. This bill tries to fix deep structural problems with a bandaid.

Elinor's Opinion
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12/13/2015
Another billion dollars to determine that government expenditures are supposed to go where legislation dictate they should? Why isn't government -- at all levels -- doing this BEFORE issuing U.S. CITIZENS' tax dollars to any entity and individual? It's time to eliminate any and all bureaucracies and bureaucrats who are NOT already careful WITH OUR MONEY!
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T's Opinion
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12/06/2015
Heaven help us if part of the solution includes setting up a government-wide DNP website.
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Lesia's Opinion
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12/05/2015
Or they could do their jobs correctly in the first place
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What is Senate Bill S. 614?

This bill would give states, the judicial, and legislative branches of the federal government access to the “Do Not Pay Initiative” for verifying payments. Essentially this bill tries to keep federal agencies and states from making improper payments. 

Improper payments are basically accounting snafus — when payments are sent to the wrong recipient, the wrong payment goes to the right party, a recipient misuses their funds etc. Do Not Pay (DNP) offers a free centralized database of information to help agencies verify the payment recipients and avoid these mistakes. 

The bill also directs the Secretaries of State and Defense to improve payment system accuracy by sharing information relating to the deaths of individuals. Finally, the Secretary of the Treasury would be required to submit a report to the Congress on efforts to reduce improper payments.

If passed, the Secretary of the Treasury would have 180 days to report to Congress with: 

  • A description of the data analytics performed for the DNP Initiative for detecting, preventing, and recovering improper payments.

  • The metrics used to determine whether analytic and investigatory efforts have helped reduce improper payments and awards.

  • Target dates for implementing the data analytics portions of the DNP Initiative.

Impact

State and federal agencies that are or will be included in the DNP registry, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 614

$1.00 Billion
All but saying that this bill cannot accomplish what it sets out to do, the CBO estimates that implementation would cost $1 million in FY2016, and less than $500,000 in subsequent years. These costs would mostly go to covering administrative costs at the OMB, and Departments of Defense, State, and the Treasury.

More Information

Of Note: In 2014, 22 federal agencies made a record $125 billion improper payments. Medicare, Medicaid, and the Earned Income Tax Credit were the most likely programs to make improper payments.

The Social Security Administration has also fallen victim to flawed data that leads to improper payments. It lacks death records for 6.5 million people who would be at least 112 years old. While only 13 of these people are still receiving Social Security benefits, the numbers are still active so they can be used to report wages, fraudulently obtain credit cards, or claim tax refunds.


In Depth: In its cost estimate for this bill, the CBO noted that while this bill would probably lead to fewer improper payments, it was unlikely to actually save the government very much money:

"Over 80 percent of improper payments stem from the larger federal entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, and Supplemental Security Income. The bill would not provide any new authorities to help those programs reduce improper payments... In fact, no measures used by OMB or evidence from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicate that focusing on correcting improper payments would lead to a significant reduction in federal spending."

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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Seth Thomas Rasmussen)

AKA

Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to provide access to and use of information by Federal agencies in order to reduce improper payments, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 18th, 2015
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The house Passed December 7th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The senate Passed July 28th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2015

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    Yes. But should we dare ask "why don't we have it now." Year after year I read stories of prisoners, illegals, even foreign students sucking up taxpayers money. Having the Feds in charge my not be the best solution. Please recall the billions of taxpayer's cash going out of the IRS to fraudulent claims. Then we find out it would cost to much to recover the funds. Sounds like criminals being sponsored by the Federal Government.
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    Or they could do their jobs correctly in the first place
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    Another billion dollars to determine that government expenditures are supposed to go where legislation dictate they should? Why isn't government -- at all levels -- doing this BEFORE issuing U.S. CITIZENS' tax dollars to any entity and individual? It's time to eliminate any and all bureaucracies and bureaucrats who are NOT already careful WITH OUR MONEY!
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    Heaven help us if part of the solution includes setting up a government-wide DNP website.
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    Yes, and one master file should be on call at all times. This should be should include a way to correct any errors.
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    Fraudulent payments and misappropriated funds are one of the many, MANY things that must be fixed in the federal government, and this could do a lot to help that. But, it is a little disconcerting that, not only have similar programs not worked various states, but it could cost one billion dollars to implement and the CBO isn't convinced of its effectiveness. If this is to be done, it must be managed effectively and aught to be amended to cover Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, as well as other entitlement programs.
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    Every agency should be checking this already, why aren't they?
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    This sounds like a good idea but it won't be forced upon the biggest offenders in this snafu. Namely, Medicare, Medicaid, and social security which make up for a huge chuck of these accounting mistakes. Focus on the biggest percentages of this pie, not the tiny morsels.
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    Just another increase in spending with little results
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    Spend a million up front in a billion in the long run on an initiative that the experts who would have to implement it and it is not going to work. How did this bill get as far as it has?
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    If we do not try something, it keeps remaining the same way all the time. This could be a start.
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    This sounds like a way to eliminate the legal & necessary payment of federal benefits NOT a real concern about federal efficiency! If you cared at all about the issues attached, you would authorize the hiring of z lot of people to oversee Medicare fraud--but no, you complain & refuse to spend the necessary $$$.
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    Who would manage this databases and how secure would it be?
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    Since so many believe that gun control won't fix gun violence, it is reasonable to state that fraud control won't fix fraud.
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    This makes sense. Should have been done along time ago. The State Department spending needs to be investigated anyway. Because of all the money they give away to those who are band by law to recieve our mone
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    A billion dollars to fund a program that existing agencies should be managing. The Treasury Department should do this. Or. Perhaps the IRS? These folks can go after the average citizen for a $100 error with the full force of the US government! Use available resources, stop spending!
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    A long overdue idea to cut government waste.
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    The do not call list should be a good example of why no other government lists should be built
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    Doing their due diligence is part of their jobs. Why do they need to spend money on a registry
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