The House has joined the Senate in passing S-375, to improve efforts to identify and reduce governmentwide improper payments and consolidate prior laws and guidance into one governing statute.
The bill would order steps including: strengthening the definition of what is to be considered an improper payment; explicitly explaining all the factors agencies should consider when gauging susceptibility to improper payments; authorizing OMB to conduct pilot programs to test “potential accountability measures, incentives, and consequences for compliance and the elimination of improper payments”; broadens access by agencies to the SSA’s master file of deaths; and establishes a new working group that will enable agencies to collaborate with each other and non-federal partners such as state governments.
The House also passed:
* HR-3941, to formalize in law GSA’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, define its role in risk management, authorization, and continuous monitoring processes for cloud computing services, and create a Federal Secure Cloud Advisory Committee consisting of agency and outside experts to coordinate cloud-based activities across the government.
* HR-2382, to relieve the Postal Service of the requirement to pre-fund health insurance for its retirees, a requirement that the USPS has not been able to meet since 2010—the payment for 2019 was to have been $4.6 billion—but which causes it to carry the defaulted amount as a financial obligation.