Representative Edolphus "Ed" Towns (NY-10), Representative Todd Platts (PA-19), Representative Kurt Schrader (OR-05), and Representative Gerald Connolly (VA-11) introduced HR 4053--the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act (IPERIA)--a bi-partisan effort to intensify efforts to identify, prevent, and recover payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse within Federal spending.
"As stewards of taxpayer dollars, we must be certain that we maintain the integrity of the programs established to help those in need," said Rep. Towns, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management. "This bill takes important steps towards ensuring programs are only benefiting those who are eligible."
"Focusing on eliminating improper payments goes to the very heart of government accountability," said Rep. Platts, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management. "When citizens pay their taxes, they have an absolute right to expect that their tax dollars are being spent responsibly and appropriately."
"In an era of trillion dollar deficits it is inefficient and irresponsible for the government to only be recovering improper federal payments after the fact," said Rep. Schrader, Chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on Fiscal Responsibility. "This legislation takes a proactive approach in saving taxpayer dollars by giving federal agencies the tools they need to prevent improper payments. I thank Ranking Member Towns and Chairman Platts for working with the Blue Dogs to introduce this legislation to help us further balance our budget and rid of the waste, fraud and abuse that plague government spending."
"This bipartisan legislation to reduce improper payments will save taxpayer money and strengthen Medicare and will help us save up to 125 billion annually," said Rep. Connolly.