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.