Recovery Methods

Along with our comprehensive program to recover benefit overpayments, we have an extensive debt collection program to recover administrative overpayments to contractors and former employees resulting from payment errors. In FY 2017 we recovered $1.3 million in administrative debt through an array of internal and external debt collection tools.

Administrative Debt Overpayments - Detections and Recoveries (dollars in millions)
Administrative Debt Overpayments Amount Identified FY 2017 Amount Recovered FY 2017 Amount Identified FY 2016 Amount Recovered FY 2016 Cumulative Amount Identified FY 2017 and 2016 Cumulative Amount Recovered FY 2017 and 2016
Total $2.4 $1.3 $1.6 $1.0 $4.0 $2.3
  1. The totals mainly include identified and recovered overpayments from sources other than our in-house recovery audit program for vendor and employee travel payments and our payment accuracy reviews for payroll and benefits payments, which are discussed in the Administrative Payments Recovery Auditing section.
  2. Identified overpayments in a given fiscal year represent identified debt that can span multiple fiscal years.
  3. We do not consider every overpayment improper according to the definition contained in IPIA.