Payments efforts get own PMA scorecard

To give its push to reduce improper payments more focus, the Bush administration began rating reduction efforts on its last scorecard for the President's Management Agenda.

Late last year, OMB for the first time received reports from agencies detailing their improper payments. Based on the reports, OMB then rated agencies for the scorecard.

No one received green. The Office of Personnel Management, Social Security Administration, and departments of Housing and Urban Development, Labor and Veterans Affairs received the best rating, yellow. The remaining major agencies received red scores.

The reports, which looked at 2004 figures, create a baseline for the White House effort to eliminate the problem of improper payments entirely, OMB said in its recent report consolidating the information that agencies had submitted as required by the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002.

'The president is holding agency managers accountable for strengthening financial management controls so that federal agencies can better detect and prevent improper payments,' the OMB report said.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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