On June 18, 2010, the President issued an Executive Memorandum directing agencies to "review current pre-payment and pre-award procedures and ensure that a thorough review of available databases with relevant information on eligibility occurs before the release of any Federal funds". The Memorandum also directed the establishment of a single point of entry where paying agencies can access relevant data before determining eligibility for a benefit, grant, or contract award.
The GOVerify Business Center was developed to support federal agencies in their efforts to reduce the number of improper payments made through programs funded by the federal government. Improper payments occur when funds go to the wrong recipient, the recipient receives the incorrect amount of funds (including overpayments and underpayments), documentation is not available to support a payment, or the recipient uses funds in an improper manner. Many improper payments could be prevented if agencies had streamlined access to relevant databases when evaluating eligibility for a payment, as well as prior to making a payment.
The GOVerify Business Center provides automated tools, including a web-based single entry access portal, which federal agencies can use to gain access to an array of data sources to assist in determining whether an individual or entity is eligible to receive federal payments or engage in federal contracts or grants.
The GOVerify Portal will provide several options to search on the data sources:
GOVerify Data Analytics Services staff will also perform more advanced data analytic activities including identifying trends, risks, and other patterns of behavior that may warrant more thorough analysis and investigation on the part of the agency.
During the pre-award process, GOVerify allows agencies to verify benefit program eligibility and ensure contract or grant eligibility. During the pre-payment process agencies can re-verify program eligibility for recurring payments and research irregularities based on the match results. During the post-payment process, agencies can utilize the GOVerify Data Analytics Services to perform analytics, fraud detection and payment recaptures.
In support of our strategic goal to help agencies reduce improper payments, our strategies for the GOVerify program are to: