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GAO: Safety net programs account for billions in improper payments

WASHINGTON _ Three health and safety net programs for the poor and elderly accounted for most of the federal government's $124.7 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2014, the Government Accountability Office reported Thursday.tmpplchld The figure, which represents improper payments across 124 federal programs, is up roughly 20 percent from $105.8 billion in fiscal 2013, according to a new GAO report.tmpplchld Most of the $19 billion increase resulted from erroneous payments under the Medicare, Medicaid and Earned Income Tax Credit programs. They account for more than 75 percent of the GAO's governmentwide improper payment estimate.tmpplchld Improper payments are those made in...