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When the Federal Government Makes Improper Payments (podcast)

Federal government agencies made an estimated $137 billion in improper payments in fiscal year 2015. These were payments that shouldn’t have been made at all or were sent in the wrong amount. Here is Beryl Davis, a director in our … Continue reading

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How to Spot and Report Government Fraud, Waste and Abuse (infographic)

You may already know that members of the public can anonymously report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement of federal funds to GAO’s FraudNet. But what exactly constitutes fraud? And what’s the difference between waste and abuse? To help … Continue reading

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Our 24/7 Fraud Reporting Line

For nearly 40 years, people have reported suspicions of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of federal funds to our FraudNet team. Today’s WatchBlog peeks inside FraudNet to see what happens to the calls, emails, and other tips we receive. A … Continue reading

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Fraud Awareness Week

As the congressional watchdog, we have dedicated resources to identify, prevent, and respond to allegations of federal government fraud, waste, and abuse because these can result in misuse of taxpayer funds. That’s your money! For International Fraud Awareness Week, here’s … Continue reading

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Our Prescriptions for Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drugs are generally safe when taken as directed, but they can also be abused. Moreover, some people try to use their insurance to pay for prescriptions they shouldn’t be getting. Read on for our look at how two federal … Continue reading

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Podcast on Medicaid Fraud Controls

Through Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of doctors and other health care professionals provide care to tens of millions of beneficiaries—at a cost of $310 billion to the federal government in fiscal year 2014. To help ensure only legitimate providers and … Continue reading

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Big Data 101: Using Large-Scale Data Mining to Find Fraud

You may have heard the term “big data” or “data mining,” but what do those terms mean? Today’s WatchBlog sheds light on how GAO analyzes large amounts of data to identify instances of potential improper payments or fraud.

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The Effects of Technology on Food Stamp Fraud

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the federal Food Stamp Program, helps low-income individuals and households obtain more nutritious food. In fiscal year 2013, SNAP provided about 47 million people with $76 billion in benefits. The program has long … Continue reading

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Podcast on Physician-Assisted Fraud in SSA Disability Benefits

Each year, the Social Security Administration relies on medical evidence to determine whether millions of new disability benefit claimants are qualified. This evidence, and those who provide it, have raised questions about potential fraud. Hear our podcast with Dan Bertoni, … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know about FraudNet

Fraudulent spending, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds erodes public trust in government. Since 1979, GAO has provided an outlet for anyone—federal employees, contractors, or members of the general public—to report allegations of such activities. FraudNet offers ways for … Continue reading

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