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Old 15 May 2018, 19:39
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VA’s Compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act for FY 2017
05/14/2018 08:00 PM EDT

The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a review to determine whether VA complied with the requirements of the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) for fiscal year (FY) 2017. VA met four of six IPERA requirements for FY 2017 by publishing the Agency Financial Report (AFR), performing risk assessments, reporting improper payment estimates, and providing information on corrective action plans. VA did not fully comply with two of six IPERA reporting requirements as specified by the Office of Management and Budget. Specifically, VA did not: • Report a gross improper payment rate of less than 10 percent for seven of 13 programs and activities that had an improper payment estimate in its FY 2017 AFR. Further, two of the seven programs have exceeded the 10 percent threshold for three consecutive fiscal years. The two programs’ improper payments were primarily due to administrative or process errors, insufficient documentation, or noncompliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements. • Meet annual reduction targets for seven programs and activities. In addition, four of the seven programs have not met reduction targets for three consecutive fiscal years and are repeat findings. These four programs’ improper payments were primarily due to administrative or process errors, insufficient documentation, or noncompliance with FAR requirements. The OIG recommended the Executives in Charge for the Office of the Under Secretary for Health and Veterans Benefits Administration develop a timeline to reduce improper payments under the 10 percent IPERA threshold and implement steps to reduce improper payments for its applicable programs and activities.

http://links.govdelivery.com/track?t...-05460-169.pdf

What the OIG Recommended The OIG made three recommendations to the Executive in Charge, Office of the Under Secretary for Health: 1. Develop a timeline to reduce improper payments under the 10 percent IPERA threshold for the Beneficiary Travel; Communications, Utilities, and Other Rents; Medical Care Contracts and Agreements; Prosthetics; Purchased Long Term Services and Support; Supplies and Materials; and VA Community Care Programs and activities. (Repeat from our FY 2016 report.)4 2. Implement steps to reduce improper payments for the Beneficiary Travel, Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Purchased Long Term Services and Support, Supplies and Materials, and VA Community Care Programs and activities. (Repeat from our FY 2016 report.) 3. Implement procedures to ensure thorough testing of sample items used to estimate improper payments for Supplies and Materials purchases under indefinite-delivery contracts. The OIG made three recommendations to the Executive in Charge, Veterans Benefits Administration: 1. Implement steps to achieve reduction targets for the Pension and Post-9/11 GI Bill Programs. 2. Continue working with the Department of Defense to increase the frequency of drill pay adjustments from annually to monthly. (Repeat from our FY 2016 report.)
4 Recommendations annotated as “Repeat from our FY 2016 report” were closed as not implemented. Please see Appendix D for more information.
VA’s Compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act for FY 2017
VA OIG 17-05460-169 | Page iv | May 15, 2018
3. Continue to report statutory barriers preventing the complete resolution of drill pay improper payments in future Agency Financial Reports until resolved. Agency Comments VA management concurred with our recommendations and provided plans for corrective action. The OIG considers the planned actions responsive and will follow up on their implementation during the FY 2018 review of VA’s compliance with IPERA.

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