About Do Not Pay – Improper Payment Initiative

January 2013

Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012 (IPERIA), Public Law 112-248

Enacted January 10, 2013

Reinforced the Administration’s ongoing efforts, IPERIA requires Federal executive agencies to review, as appropriate and before issuance, all payments and awards for all programs through a Do Not Pay Working System by June 1, 2013.

IPERIA requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to develop a Database Integration Plan for the Do Not Pay Initiative focusing on the following elements:

  • Providing agency access to the Do Not Pay Initiative
  • Improving date use agreements to facilitate data access for the purposes of program integrity; and
  • Including other databases in the Do Not Pay Initiative

May 2013

Database Integration Plan for the Do Not Pay Initiative


OMB pursued a phased approach in implementing the databases that agencies will use to check, as appropriate, all awards and payments.

The first phase focuses on two publicly available databases, Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF) and General Services Administration’s (GSA) System for Award Management (SAM)/Excluded Parties List System (EPLS).

IPERIA allows the expansion of databases. The Fiscal Year 2014 President’s Budget included key proposals to strengthen Do Not Pay by expanding access to multiple statutorily restricted databases.

August 2013

Memorandum For Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies: Protecting Privacy while Reducing Improper Payments with the "Do Not Pay Initiative"

This memorandum sets forth implementation guidance for the DNP Initiative to help ensure that the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce improper payments comply with privacy laws and policies. It builds on previous OMB guidance.

Although this Memorandum creates new policy requirements, it does not extend the legal requirements of the Privacy Act to information or activities that would not otherwise be covered under the statute.

The DNP-specific standards and procedures do not apply to other efforts to combat improper payments or matching programs that are not part of the DNP Initiative.

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