The government can achieve the greatest return on investment for the taxpayer by ensuring that improper payments are mitigated
in the highest-risk programs, otherwise known as "high-priority programs." In pursuing reforms, the government must balance
its responsibilities for reducing improper payments with the goal of providing effective payments to millions of
beneficiaries and delivering results. These scorecards assist the public in understanding what agencies are doing to overcome unique challenges and obstacles to ensure federal funds reach the right recipient.
It is important to note that improper payments typically account for a small percentage of a program's total outlays.
Data collected on improper payments is available for download. This includes data on rates, recoveries, dollar amounts, root causes, and more.
Want even more information on improper payments? We have a list of useful improper payment resources, including agency specific data,
laws, and implementing guidance.