Electronic payments

Treasury expands list of ‘Do Not Pay’ databases

The Office of Management and Budget will be adding 12 databases to the Treasury Department’s multiagency, governmentwide Do Not Pay portal. The DNP initiative helps agencies detect and prevent improper payments through a variety of data matching and data analytics services.

According to the May 12 announcement in the Federal Register, the new data sources are:

  • United States Postal Service Delivery Sequence File
  • Census Bureau Federal Audit Clearinghouse
  • Do Not Pay agency adjudication data
  • Treasury’s Fiscal Service’s Payments, Claims, and Enhanced Reconciliation database
  • Bureau of Prisons incarceration data
  • Digital Accountability and Transparency Act data
  • Census Bureau’s American Communities Survey Annual State and County Data Profiles
  • Veterans Affairs’ Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Service
  • Department of Agriculture’s National Disqualified List
  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ National Plan and Provider Enumeration System
  • IRS’ Statistics of Income Annual Individual Income Tax ZIP Code Data
  • Securities and Exchange Commission’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system.

The Do Not Pay program was created in 2010 to reduce improper payments to deceased persons, debarred contractors, individuals found guilty of federal tax fraud, fugitives and felons, then-Vice President Joe Biden said during a White House briefing.

Since then, the program has developed a DNP web-based portal that lets users search multiple databases at one time and conduct batch searches and run analytics to identify recipients ineligible for federal payments.

Automated data analytics services allow agencies to spot a program’s improper payments with trend analysis, predictive models, and identification of overlapping payments. A new data integrity dashboard helps agencies better understand their payment data, assess data quality and identify potential issues with key data elements such as tax identification numbers and names.

DNP can also help state agencies with the identification and prevention of possible improper payments of CARES Act funding or any other federally funded, state-administered programs. This oversight solution can be applied to payments from the Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Child Health Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Unemployment Insurance beneficiaries or providers, according to the DNP website.

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