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    Could Recouped Costs Avoid a Constricting Budget?

    “And there will be pennies from heaven.” That was the promise from one group of recovery audit contractors who are hoping to track down and rectify years of improper government payments. According to one government estimate, 2011-2015 saw the federal government issue nearly $600 billion in improper payments due to glitches or rubber-stamping. While some of that may be money still owed, auditing lobbyists are confident that billions of dollars in government overpayments could be put toward the federal budget, potentially saving numerous departments from proposed spending cuts.

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