Congresswoman Angie Craig’s Bill Aimed to Save Billions of Taxpayer Dollars Passes House

The Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 heads to the President’s desk for signature
February 5, 2020
Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) delivered on her promise to fight for all to Minnesotans by protecting their hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Her bill, the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019, which is cosponsored by Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Greg Gianforte (R-MT) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support, and will now be sent to the President’s desk for signature. 

“When I came to Congress, I promised I would work across the aisle and seek to reform the way government works,” said Rep. Angie Craig. “I’m proud to have authored the commonsense Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019, and I am thankful for the bi-partisan support for this important legislation. My bill cuts through politics as usual and reforms the government’s oversight of taxpayer dollars. By tackling this waste, we can make room to fund important priorities like special education and fixing our crumbling infrastructure.” 

“As members of Congress, we owe it to the American people to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said Rep. Cheri Bustos. “This bipartisan legislation cuts through red tape to protect hard-earned taxpayer dollars and ensure they are not mismanaged or improperly spent. I’m pleased to see this good government bill pass the House today and hope to see it signed into law swiftly.”

In FY2018 alone, the Government Accountability Office estimated that improper payments throughout the federal government totaled over $151 billion. Since 2003, when agencies were first directed to begin reporting improper payments, cumulative improper payment estimates across government have totaled over $1.4 trillion. 

Specifically, the Payment Integrity Information Act would:

  • Require agencies to undertake additional efforts and develop plans to prevent improper payments before they happen.
  • Improve the way agencies identify programs with the highest risk of improper payments.
  • Require the Office of Management and Budget and the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) to issue guidance to improve annual reporting on agencies’ compliance with improper payment statutes.
  • Create a working group that will enable federal agencies to collaborate with each other and non-federal, such as state governments, to develop strategies for addressing key drivers of improper payments, such as fraud and eligibility determinations in state-managed federal benefits programs.

The Payment Integrity Information Act passed out of the Senate in 2019 with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.