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Title: Government Waste, Fraud, and Abuse - Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on S 1120 June 9, 1981
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Cmtte on Governmental Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 51
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This testimony before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on June 9, 1981, is directed toward S. 1120, a bill designed to provide an incentive for Government agencies to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse.
Abstract: S. 1120, introduced by Senator Robert Kasten, provides that the Secretary of the Treasury withhold 2 percent of all appropriated funds from a Federal agency until certain conditions are met. Further, every agency, by the start of the fiscal year, must submit to Congress a plan outlining what it intends to do to identify and eliminate that 2 percent in fraud, waste, and abuse. Agencies can apply to have all or part of the 2-percent money released if they are unable to find that amount of waste, fraud, and abuse. Much of the testimony essentially supports the bill, but a representative from the General Accounting Office had reservations about the bill accomplishing its intended objective of reducing fraud, waste, and abuse. It is noted that the only agencies that could not request a release of funds withheld would be those who reported they had saved 2 percent or more. Under these rules, the less fraud, waste, and abuse an agency reports, the greater will be the amount it can request to be restored. Some agencies could begin to look with disfavor on the timely reporting of their internal audit or inspector general organizations which show savings from countering fraud, waste, and abuse, because reported savings will be offset against the 2 percent withheld. A copy of the bill is included.
Index Term(s): Federal government; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Legislation; Testimony
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