Fraud (21 - 30 of 89 items)
Immigration Benefits: Additional Controls and a Sanctions Strategy Could Enhance DHS's Ability to Control Benefit Fraud
GAO-06-259: Published: Mar 10, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2006.
In 2002, GAO reported that immigration benefit fraud was pervasive and significant and the approach to controlling it was fragmented. Experts believe that individuals ineligible for these benefits, including terrorists and criminals, could use fraudulent means to enter or remain in the U.S. You asked that GAO evaluate U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's (USCIS) anti-fraud efforts. This repo...
Medicaid Fraud and Abuse: CMS's Commitment to Helping States Safeguard Program Dollars Is Limited
GAO-05-855T: Published: Jun 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 2005.
Today's hearing addresses fraud and abuse control in Medicaid, a program that provides health care coverage for eligible low-income individuals and is jointly financed by the federal government and the states. In fiscal year 2003, Medicaid covered nearly 54 million people and the program's benefit payments totaled roughly $261 billion, of which the federal share was about $153 billion. States are...
Federal Bureau of Investigation: Accountability over the HIPAA Funding of Health Care Fraud Investigations Is Inadequate
GAO-05-388: Published: Apr 22, 2005. Publicly Released: May 16, 2005.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provided, among other things, funding by transfer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to carry out specific purposes of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program. Congress expressed concern about a shift in FBI resources from health care fraud investigations to counterterrorism activities after September 11, 200...
Social Security Administration: Actions Needed to Strengthen Processes for Issuing Social Security Numbers to Children
GAO-05-115: Published: Jan 31, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2005.
In fiscal year 2004, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued about 4.2 million original Social Security numbers (SSN) and 2 million SSN replacement cards to U.S.-born children. Despite its narrowly intended purpose, today, young children need a SSN to be claimed on their parent's income tax return or to apply for certain government benefits. Because children's SSNs, like all SSNs, are vuln...
HHS OIG: Allegations of Misspending Were Unsubstantiated
GAO-04-618R: Published: Apr 30, 2004. Publicly Released: May 18, 2004.
The Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) plays a vital role in auditing and investigating allegations of fraud and abuse in federal health and welfare programs. Because it independently evaluates various programs, activities, and functions, the OIG must act with integrity at all times. In the fall of 2003, anonymous allegations charged that certain offic...
HUD Single-Family and Multifamily Property Programs: Inadequate Controls Resulted in Questionable Payments and Potential Fraud
GAO-04-390: Published: Mar 3, 2004. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2004.
In our 2003 performance and accountability report on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we continued to identify HUD's single-family (SF) mortgage insurance program as highrisk --an area we have found to be at high risk for fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Also, for years, GAO and HUD's Office of Inspector General (OIG) have reported weaknesses in HUD's contract administ...
Social Security Numbers: Improved SSN Verification and Exchange of States' Driver Records Would Enhance Identity Verification
GAO-03-920: Published: Sep 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2003.
Since September 11, 2001, more attention has been focused on the importance of identifying people who use false identity information or documents to obtain a driver license. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers states a service to verify social security numbers (SSNs) collected during the driver licensing process. This report examines states' use of SSA's verification service, factors t...
Social Security Numbers: Ensuring the Integrity of the SSN
GAO-03-941T: Published: Jul 10, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2003.
In 1936, the Social Security Administration (SSA) established the Social Security Number (SSN) to track worker's earnings for social security benefit purposes. However, the SSN is also used for a myriad of non-Social Security purposes. Today, the SSN is used, in part, as a verification tool for services such as child support collection, law enforcement enhancements, and issuing credit to individua...
Education Financial Management: Weak Internal Controls Led to Instances of Fraud and Other Improper Payments
GAO-02-513T: Published: Apr 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2002.
The Department of Education has a history of financial management problems, including serious internal control weaknesses, that have affected the Department's ability to provide reliable financial information on its operations. GAO found that significant internal control weaknesses in payment processes and poor physical control over its computer assets led to fraud, improper payments, and lost ass...
Financial Services Regulators: Better Information Sharing Could Reduce Fraud
GAO-01-478T: Published: Mar 6, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 2001.
The sharing of regulatory and criminal history data among financial services regulators can reduce fraudulent activities. GAO recently reported on several instances in which unscrupulous brokers moved from one financial industry to another. This testimony focuses on (1) systems used by financial regulators for tracking regulatory history data, (2) regulatory history data needed to help prevent ro...