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OIG: NASA Is Not In Compliance With The Payment Integrity Information Act

By Keith Cowing
June 28, 2022
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OIG: NASA Is Not In Compliance With The Payment Integrity Information Act

NASA GAO Report: NASA’s Compliance with the Payment Integrity Information Act for Fiscal Year 2021
“We found that NASA was not in compliance with PIIA for FY 2021 because it did not publish improper payment estimates for the Space Launch Sy stem (SLS) program in the accompanying materials to the AFR as required by the statute. In our FY 2019 improper payment compliance audit, we reported that NASA failed to identify the SLS program as susceptible to significant improper payments based on the Agency’s established risk assessment methodology, and since then the Agency has been working to bring the program into compliance. In FY 2021, NASA completed its improper payment testing and found no improper or unknown payments for the SLS program. However, the Agency failed to report the testing results in its AFR or to OMB. As a result, SLS reporting for FY 2021 was absent from the Agency’s AFR and the dataset and payment integrity dashboard on PaymentAccuracy.gov. The Agency should have submitted SLS-related data such as the $2.2 billion in program outlays and amount properly paid, the 100 percent payment accuracy rate, and the corresponding improper and unknown payment amounts and rates. Therefore, NASA was not compliant with PIIA’s requirement to publish improper and unknown payment estimates for programs susceptible to significant improper and unknown payments in the accompanying materials to the AFR.”

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