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Over $100 Billion In Improper Federal Payments Occur Each Year

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”)  testified before Congress to describe the breakdown of over $100 billion of improper federal payments in 2013.  Such errors included tax credits for those not entitled to them, unnecessary Medicare payments, and unemployment benefits for “under the table” workers, among others.  Shockingly, these types of monumental errors are generally repetitive and have topped $100 billion in each of the past five years.

The government notes that the current amount is less than the $121 billion peak in 2010 and that improvements have been made.  However, the GAO testified that it’s likely the amounts reported are actually understated, since not all agencies or programs reported their errors.

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Renee Howdeshell

Renee Howdeshell is a founding member of Fulcrum Inquiry, an accounting, finance and economic consulting firm that performs damage analyses for commercial litigation, forensic accountings, royalty & distribution audits, financial investigations, and business valuations. Ms. Howdeshell holds a degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She has testified as an expert witness in federal court, CA state court and arbitration regarding the results of her work. She can be reached at (213) 787-4112 and her resume is available at www.fulcrum.com.

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