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Key Practices to Reduce Improper Payments through Identity Verification

A group of federal agencies working under the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) has released a report identifying verification strategies for cracking down on the fraud by individuals who seek government aid. The effort comes after the Government Accountability Office estimated in May that federal agencies sent $281 billion in improper payments in fiscal year 2021, excluding the extensive COVID-19-related fraud. That figure was more than double the $75 billion estimated in the prior year.