This issue brief summarizes the key requirements of the new law, provides an overview of the GAO Framework’s leading practices, and highlights several implementation considerations for federal agencies in their efforts to address fraud, waste, and abuse.
Defrauding government programs is big business. Government leaders are under increasing pressure, with limited resources and more public scrutiny, to reduce or eliminate fraud, waste, abuse, misconduct, and improper payments in federal programs and operations. Focused directly on this issue, President Barack Obama signed into law the bipartisan Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015 (Public Law No. 114-186) on June 30, 2016.