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USDA's Compliance with Improper Payment Requirements for Fiscal Year 2021

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Farm Service Agency
Food and Nutrition Service
Forest Service
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Risk Management Agency
OIG reviewed USDA’s compliance with improper payment and high-dollar overpayment requirements for FY 2021.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


FSA should provide information describing the actions that the agency will take to come into compliance in the OMB annual data call. This information should be published on paymentaccuracy.gov and serve as the plan that agencies are required to submit to the appropriate authorizing and appropriations committees of Congress. This information should include: i. Measurable milestones to be accomplished in order to achieve compliance for each program; ii. A senior agency official designated as accountable for the progress of the executive agency in coming into compliance for each program; iii. An accountability mechanism, such as a performance agreement, with appropriate incentives and consequences tied to the success of the senior agency official in leading the efforts of the agency to come into compliance for each program.

In lieu of additional guidance from OMB pertaining to the departmental review of paymentaccuracy.gov information, OCFO and the subject agencies should review paymentaccuracy.gov, as information is publically reported, to validate the information reported by USDA and its agencies. Any fatal flaws identified should be communicated timely to OMB and subject programs to remediate the incorrectly reported information.