Waste, Fraud & Abuse

COVID Oversight Officials Request More Time and Money to Ferret Out Fraud

Democrats allege more mismanagement of pandemic funds by the Trump administration.

GovExec Daily: The Lawyer, the Whistleblowers and $550M in Social Security Fraud

Damian Paletta, Brian Lazarte and James Lee Hernandez from "The Big Conn" join the podcast to discuss the story of the slow pace of government investigations, the people affected and the man at the center of a huge fraud case at SSA.

Unemployment Insurance Has Been Added to GAO's 'High Risk' List

The government watchdog says more than $78 billion in improper unemployment insurance payments were made in fiscal year 2021, and cited fraud, poor customer service, inequitable access, legacy tech and staffing shortages as key drivers of failure.

Two Years of COVID-19 Oversight: A Look Back

The CARES Act of 2020 created three pandemic-related oversight entities, and our series will examine their successes and failures as well as their challenges and goals moving forward.

The Inspectors General COVID Committee Has an ‘Enormous Responsibility'

“We've really changed the way we as federal IGs do business,” says Michael Horowitz, Justice Department inspector general and chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.

There's No Final Number Yet for Pandemic Fraud, Oversight Leaders Tell Congress

Total fraud levels in pandemic relief programs are upwards of $100 billion, but getting a clear estimate is made difficult by data gaps and ongoing fraud recovery efforts, officials said at a Senate hearing.

Rooting out Fraud in Government Programs

Machine-learning helps spot fraud, waste and abuse because it can not only automatically check massive amounts of data for signs of sketchy activity but also improve over time.

We All Should Be Rooting for the Infrastructure Implementation Task Force

Identifying the people and places left behind in the current economy is critical.

Agencies Must Address Billions Lost Through Erroneous Payments

Total improper payments have steadily increased since 2013 by $100 billion, from $106 billion to $206 billion.

GovExec Daily: The Importance of Protecting Whistleblowers

The Government Accountability Project’s Dana Gold joins the podcast to discuss new plans to protect feds, contractors and grantees who blow the whistle.

$1.2T Infrastructure Plan Offers Lucrative Target for Fraud

Research shows there are ways to fight fraud, but the bill contains very little language aimed at doing so.

GovExec Daily: Report Finds GSA Failed to Remove Hazardous Materials from Facility For Years

Erich Wagner joins the podcast to discuss an OSC documenting a whistleblower’s allegations.