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Audit Initiated of DOT’s Fiscal Year 2022 Implementation of the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019

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For fiscal year 2021, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reported approximately $49 billion in payments for programs and activities susceptible to significant improper payments and estimated about $697 million in improper payments. The Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 (PIIA) requires Federal agencies to identify, report, and reduce improper payments in their programs and activities. PIIA also requires annual reports by inspectors general on their agencies’ compliance. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issues guidance that agencies must follow to implement PIIA. According to OMB, the guidance presents a payment integrity framework and creates a comprehensible and meaningful set of requirements to help agencies prevent future improper payments. As PIIA requires, we are initiating this audit of DOT’s fiscal year 2022 implementation of the act. Our audit objective will be to determine whether DOT complied with PIIA requirements as prescribed by OMB.