WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT) has introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent the fraud, waste and abuse of federal funds.

House Bill 8343  – dubbed the Enhancing Improper Payment Accountability Act– was introduced in the 118th Congress on May 13, jointly proposed by Moore and U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA).

“Over the past 20 years,” Moore explains, “the federal government has made $2.7 trillion in improper payments. That mishandling of taxpayer dollars with little oversight is big government at its worst.”

Moore’s proposal is part of the House Budget Committee’s package to tackle those improper payments.

If enacted, that legislation would support the protection of taxpayer dollars by enacting more comprehensive reporting requirements for new federal spending programs while ensuring that all programs are compliant with current reporting requirements.

The Government Accountability Office supports Moore’s estimate of $2.7 trillion in cumulative improper payments made by federal officials in recent years.

As the federal government grows in size, the risk of improper payments soars with each new program created, according to Moore’s staff members.

The GAO estimates that the problem with these improper payments increased from $106 billion in Fiscal Year 2013 to $247 billion in FY 2022. In Fiscal 2023 alone, 14 federal agencies reported total losses of $236 billion in improper payments that were made by 71 government programs.

Moore argues that the true cost to the federal government of improper payments is likely even higher that those estimates, because some agencies that are most susceptible to those errors don’t even report their estimates of taxpayer dollars misspent.

Specifically, the Enhancing Improper Payment Accountability Act would designate all new federal spending programs with annual budgets exceeding $100 million as being susceptible to making improper payment and subject these programs to more stringent and timely reporting requirements.

Moore’s proposal would also required federal agencies to report on their anti-fraud and risk management efforts in annual reports to Congress and require that the President’s budget request disclose information on agencies and programs that are required to report on improper payments but fail to do so.

“Improper payments and fraud not only hurt American taxpayers, but also hurt the members of our communities who the federal programs are created to assist,” according to Spanberger.

“Congress has a responsibility to both stand-up for programs that address the pressing needs of Americans and to protect their hard-earned tax dollars,” she adds.

House Bill 8343 is supported by the Utah Taxpayers Association, the Audient Group, the Bipartisan Policy Center Action, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Lexis/Nexis Risk Solutions, the National Taxpayers Union, the Project on Government Oversight and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

“This legislation,” Moore emphasizes, “will enact more reporting requirements for new federal programs; improve our ability to detect and prevent improper payments; and more responsibly steward our federal resources.

“There are plenty of ‘messaging bills’ in Congress, but this proposal is squarely focused on addressing a major issue with our spending crisis.”

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