|Title:||VA Needs to Improve Testing Procedures to Assess Compliance with Mandatory Improper Payment Requirements|
|VA Office:||Office of the Secretary
|Report Author:||Office of Audits and Evaluations
|Report Type:||Management Advisory Memo
The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) concluded for fiscal year 2021 that VA complied with the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019. As required, in the materials accompanying its annual financial statement, VA published estimates of improper and unknown payments for susceptible programs. Yet, while assessing compliance, the OIG determined VA can improve its testing procedures for these payments. Improper payments are payments that should not have been made or that were made in an incorrect amount under statutory, contractual, administrative, or other legally applicable requirements, according to the Office of Management and Budget; unknown payments are those a program cannot discern were made to the correct recipient or for the correct amount.