Category Archives: Improper Payments

Thompson’s Nov. Webinars To Discuss Audit Visits, DATA Act and Sequestration

Now that Congress can turn its eyes toward something other than the federal government shutdown, there are other issues coming up that it will be deliberating that can truly impact federal grants.  Thompson is offering you a way to stay…

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Sneak Preview: States Given More Power To Curb SNAP Trafficking

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service is giving states more authority to halt the fraudulent use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, particularly for excessive…

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Want to Join My Fantasy Grants League?

Rather than blogging about how infuriating it is to witness Congress’ ineptitude to reach any kind of compromise to prevent the current federal government shutdown, I thought I’d post about something a bit more fun — baseball. We’re now beginning…

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Three Reasons Why Next Week Will Be Very Interesting

Some weeks are relatively humdrum. There’s not much going on, and I’ll spend several days in a row sitting in front of my computer, writing and editing articles. And then there are weeks like next week. Prepare to have the…

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Sneak Preview: Procedures Sought at USDA Agencies To Help Reduce Improper Payments

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) Current eligibility procedures used by three Department of Agriculture agencies to determine eligibility for benefits are not preventing them from making improper payments to deceased individuals, according…

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Help Wanted: Ideas Sought To Reduce SNAP Trafficking

One growing concern among officials at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service is trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp program. Trafficking is the exchange of benefits for cash or other ineligible items.

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Can’t Someone Get Some Privacy Around Here?

With all the hoo-hah over Edward Snowden and the National Security Administration, concerns about privacy are moving up on people’s priority lists. Not that this is directly related, but the Office of Management and Budget last week issued a memorandum…

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Who’s Overseeing the Overseers?

Sometimes you read a headline that just makes you stop in your tracks and shake your head. I have to give credit to the Washington Post for a story this weekend that literally made my jaw drop.

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Sneak Preview: HHS OIG Urges CMS To Collect $225.6M in Medicaid Overpayments

(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is calling for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to collect more than $225.6 million…

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Working Our Way Up to 97 Percent

97 percent, huh? Can we really get that high? I’m pretty skeptical, but I wouldn’t mind if we reached that mark.

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