The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported an estimated $6.2 billion in improper payments in 2013, according to an Office of Inspector General’s April report.

An OIG audit found $416 million in improper payments could have been avoided by meeting annual reduction targets. The improper payments mainly resulted from non-compliances such as not reporting comprehensive estimates or error rates below ten percent. The improper payments also resulted from not meeting annual reduction target rates.

Midwest first reported on the topic earlier this month.

Read the OIG report below.

Scroll through and click on the yellow highlighted areas to read reporter’s comments.

USDA-Compliance with the Improper Payments of Information Act (Text)

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