Department of Defense Made Nearly 1 Billion Dollars in Improper Travel Payments, Says Report | Law Firm Newswire

Department of Defense Made Nearly 1 Billion Dollars in Improper Travel Payments, Says Report

Legal Help for Veterans is a law firm helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2019 - The Department of Defense (DoD) processed almost $1 billion in improper travel payments in the last three years. The payments were made to members of the armed forces and to civilian employees of the department from 2016 to 2018, found an analysis from the Government Accountability Office.
When something goes awry with the travel expense reimbursement process, it is considered an improper travel payment. For some that means no payment at all, for others it could be that the wrong amount was paid out.

“Although the numbers are surprising, they are somewhat less dramatic than they seem,” said James G. Fausone, lead attorney at Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, Michigan. The improper payments make up five percent of the total amount paid out by the Department of Defense.
Fausone continued, “Improper travel payments sometimes represent simple mistakes, such as a lack of enough supporting documentation of travel expenses at first and they are eventually legitimate, but other times they are a loss of money and resources for the DoD. Obviously, that is not ideal.”

In total, the department paid out $18.3 billion over those three fiscal years and $965.5 million was improper. Of that, $205 million was considered a total loss.

In addition to a lack of supporting documentation for legitimate travel expenses, other examples of improper payments include duplicate payments, payments to unauthorized persons or an incorrect amount paid.

The Government Accountability Office report urged the DoD to investigate and prevent improper payments more thoroughly. It says that to lessen the amount of money lost, the DoD must address the root cause of improper payments.

Legal Help for Veterans is a veteran-run law firm in Northville, Michigan. To contact them, call 1.800.693.4800 or visit https://www.legalhelpforveterans.com/.

Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800

  • VA pioneering telehealth model for providers everywhere
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has undergone a dramatic modernization in recent years, as it has been updating several of its technologies in clinics and hospitals. Many of these changes have increased patient engagement and, in the case of telehealth, have modeled effective new trends in care all over the country. Telehealth and telemedicine are […]
  • New lawsuit says pentagon breaking law by withholding information from interest groups
    According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Virginia by the National Veterans Legal Services Program, the Department of Defense is violating the law by no longer sharing information that helps veterans overturn less-than-honorable discharges from the military. The group says it no longer has access to military review board decisions on requests to […]
  • Agent Orange benefits expanded
    VA benefit eligibility for veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War was expanded by the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which went into effect on January 1, 2020. Previously, only veterans who were serving on the ground in Vietnam were eligible for VA benefits for Agent Orange exposure-related disability. Now, […]
  • Western Michigan gym to offer free “Punch Out PTSD” classes for veterans
    Title Boxing Kalamazoo in Portage, Michigan now offers free exercise classes specifically for veterans who are dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder. The hour-long class is called “Punch Out PTSD” and features a group conversation with a licensed therapist and a boxing workout. The owner of Title Boxing Kalamazoo, Amy Heyduck, is passionate about helping veterans. […]



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required