Federal agencies are increasingly sending incorrect benefit payments to Americans, a government watchdog said as the Internal Revenue Service prepares to send more than $292 billion in direct payments to households as part of the government’s coronavirus response.
Federal agencies sent about $175 billion in improper payments in fiscal year 2019, about a $24 billion increase from the prior year, according to areport from the Government Accountability Office. Improper payments include those that were sent to the wrong person, should not have been made, or were issued in incorrect amounts.
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