Policy Documents

GAO Report: Medicaid Fraud

January 5, 2009

This is a Government Accountability Office report on Medicaid fraud for fiscal year 2008.

In January 2007, GAO detailed 27 high-risk areas and, in March 2008, added a 28th—planning for the 2010 Census. In the last 2 years, progress has been made in most of the 27 areas, although the extent varies. Overall, federal departments and agencies, as well as Congress, have shown a continuing commitment to addressing high-risk challenges, including taking steps to help correct several of the problems’ root causes. In particular, the Office of Management and Budget has led an initiative to work with agencies to develop corrective action plans for high-risk areas. GAO has determined that sufficient progress has been made to remove the high-risk designation from one area: the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control modernization. Since 2007, FAA has continued to make progress in addressing the root causes of its past problems and has committed to sustaining this progress in the future. Continued attention from the executive branch and Congress is needed to make additional progress in other areas. 

This year, GAO is designating three new high-risk areas: 

  1. Modernizing the Outdated U.S. Financial Regulatory System. 
  2. Protecting Public Health through Enhanced Oversight of Medical Products.
  3. Transforming EPA’s Processes for Assessing and Controlling Toxic Chemicals.