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High-Error Programs

OMB has designated 13 programs as "high-error". The criteria for determining when a program is high-error are found in OMB guidance PDF Document. The high-error programs are those programs that reported roughly $750 million or more in improper payments in a given year, did not report an error amount in the current reporting year but previously reported an error amount over the threshold, or have not yet established a program error rate and have measured components that were above the threshold.

Select a program from the list below to view program details:

Program Agency Total Payments (outlays) Improper Payment Amounts Improper Payment Rates
Medicare Fee-for-Service Department of Health and Human Services $357.4B $36.0B 10.1%
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Department of the Treasury $60.3B $14.5B 24.0%
Medicaid Department of Health and Human Services $246.9B $14.4B 5.8%
Medicare Advantage (Part C) Department of Health and Human Services $123.7B $11.8B 9.5%
Unemployment Insurance (UI) Department of Labor $66.8B $6.2B 9.3%
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Administration $53.4B $4.3B 8.1%
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Department of Agriculture $74.6B $2.6B 3.4%
Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI) Social Security Administration $770.3B $2.4B 0.3%
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) Department of Health and Human Services $57.1B $2.1B 3.7%
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Department of Agriculture $11.3B $1.8B 15.7%
Rental Housing Assistance Programs Department of Housing and Urban Development $30.9B $1.3B 4.3%
Pell Grants Department of Education $32.3B $0.7B 2.3%
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Department of Health and Human Services $9.1B $0.6B 7.1%

NR: No data has been reported for the current period

Note: All amounts are in billions of dollars