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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.

operaman's Opinion
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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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    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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