More Than $98 Billion In Improper Government Payments

A government financial report says government waste in fiscal 2009 is up $26 billion over the previous year. But officials attribute the jump to some changes in how to define improper spending as well as an increase in overall spending due to the recession.

The report says more than $98 billion in taxpayer dollars spent by government agencies was wasted in fiscal 2009, much of it on questionable claims for tax credits and Medicare benefits.

In all, the report says about 5 percent of spending in federal programs was improper, though the overall error rate was similar in 2008.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order within the next week aimed at cracking down on government waste and fraud.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    Wolfgang, I tried to get a reponse but must not have clicked the box twice to post. Lavon is sleeping off an "Obama Snake Oil" hangover. I warned him about mixing too much snake oil with his koolaid. You could tell that by his posts and rantings. That is one nasty headache.
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Nov 19, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    Calm down everyone it's only 98 billion not a trillion. MAKES ME SICK!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    Rasmussen Obama approval rate is -14 now for two consecutive days (a new low). I guess he's not the change America was looking for!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Lavon is always quiet for a few days when the stock market is down.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Nov 19, 2009 at 04:55 AM
    William,apparently you did not get the email.Want me to send it to you?I will,I really will!
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 18, 2009 at 07:02 PM
    Obama Snake Oil Co where is Lavon? Darn I miss his comments and love for Obama. Even if Lavon knows nothing about his marxist policies? Come on Lavon get brave and post. We know facts hurt " Ouch " Lavon give us a Obama cheer please!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    More govt waste..so lets give them a blank check for our healthcare too
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    All public info all facts - No president has ever come into office with so much promise of change and no president is seeing his approval ratings crumble so quickly at least as long as such statistics have been kept. Job killing Obama thats change? Obama promised us that the $787 billion stimulus would keep unemployment below 8%, but unemployment has been above 8% since February now 10.2% 1- Obama promised us the stimulus would "create immediate jobs," 2 - yet more than 4 million jobs have been "lost" since President Obama signed it into law.3 - "Without reading it", Obama rammed through a 1,400-page energy tax in the House 4 - which will cost each taxpayer thousands of dollars in higher energy costs and result in the loss of an estimated 1.1 million jobs per year. 5- "Without reading it" Obama passed a 2,000-page tax and control bill in the House and called it "health care reform", which will lead to $557 billion 6-in higher taxes and a loss of millions of jobs. Change?
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    Because of the Federal Reserve's incredibly lax monetary policy, banks can borrow money from the Fed at 0% at what's called the 'discount window', turn around and purchase U.S. Treasuries at 3 to 4% and literally have NO risk exposure whatsoever. So what incentive do these banks have to loan money to small, medium or large size businesses? When you factor into the whole mess that small businesses are the most risky of the three groups just mentioned (even though they've historically proven to be responsible for 70% of job creation), you can't blame the banks for "NOT" lending to small businesses at this time. Obama and our government leaders, both elected and appointed, are well aware of what is happening here.-- Now The constant attack on the U.S. Dollar, coupled with the continued rise in precious metals - which is well justified given the morons in Washington who continue to spend like drunken sailors - is clearly fueling the start of hyperinflation. Change in 2012
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Nov 18, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    Pray for President Obama Psalm 109:8 (posted by;JJ) - yeah that is really not appropriate. you guys are the american version of the taliban. what does the next line of that psalm state? you religious extremist nutcases.
WITN

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 70360047 - witn.com/a?a=70360047
Gray Television, Inc.