Category Archives: Improper Payments

Improper Payments Down for School Meal Programs

This is a step in the right direction. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently announced that improper payments in the nation’s school meals programs are down.

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Sneak Preview: OMB Amends Improper Payment Guidance Under Circular A-123

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Office of Management and Budget recently issued a memo that implements a new “improper payment compliance framework” for federal agencies. By amending Appendix C of OMB…

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Improper Payments Go to Defunct Youth-Offender Program in Florida

It’s always a shame to see federal funds go to waste, and here’s another prime example. A post by BrowardBulldog.org in Florida reported on a recent audit that found that a defunct youth-offender program in the Miami area wasted a…

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Grant Funds Improperly Spent in Washington’s Dulles Rail Project

Anyone who lives in the Washington, D.C. area knows what a bear it is to commute here. The traffic is horrible, and the subway option isn’t much better. Washington’s Metro system is constantly crowded and trains are inconsistent, yet Metro…

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Sen. Coburn’s Upcoming Retirement and Its Effects on Grants

At the end of this year, Congress will lose one of its strongest government watchdogs as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) retires. Whether you agreed or disagreed with his politics, Coburn definitely will leave his mark as being one of the…

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Sneak Preview: Arkansas Nonprofit Must Repay Embezzled Funds

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) An Arkansas organization receiving federal grant funds is obligated to repay $345,000 in embezzled funds even when a change in its accounting systems no longer has records…

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Improper Payments Rate Nears Administration’s 3 Percent Goal

First of all, Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2014 proves to be a more healthy and prosperous year for everyone than last year. It will definitely be a more exciting, if not challenging, one for the grants community as we…

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COFAR Webcast Offers Quick Overview of Upcoming Grants Reform Guidance

This is your captain, speaking! There’s an expression often heard in meetings here in Washington where, rather than going into specific details about an issue, they will look at things from “a 30,000-foot level.” They will provide a quick overview…

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Find Out What’s Happening To Limit Improper Payments

Now that the holiday shopping season is upon us, the last thing you want to do is fail to keep track of your personal finances? Overspending on gifts for your friends and family could get you in hot water when…

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Sneak Preview: Memo Warns About Ineligible Firms in DBE Program

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) After discovering that three suspended or debarred firms were listed as eligible contractors in the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, DOT’s Office of Inspector General…

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