New Methods Needed for Checking Payments Made by Computers

FGMSD-76-82: Published: Nov 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1977.

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The Federal Government disburses $700 billion annually, largely through huge, decentralized, computerized, cashless systems. The law requires that those who approve individual payments assure that the payments are legal, proper, and correct.

In its review, GAO found that millions could be saved if federal agencies improved their guidelines for checking payments made by computers. Under the current system it is often impossible for the responsible persons to examine the basic documents previously used to determined that payments were proper.

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