$36 Million In Farm Subsidies Paid To Dead People, GAO Reports

Source:  Susanna Kim / ABC News

The federal government has paid as much as $35.9 million in farm subsidies to dead people, a watchdog agency claims.

The subsidies were part of the $20 billion a year effort to support farmers with crop insurance, conservation efforts and disaster assistance administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2008 to 2012.

Two of the department’s  agencies do “not have procedures in place consistent with federal internal control standards to prevent potentially improper subsidies on behalf of deceased individuals,” the Government Accountability Office said in a 25-page report released Monday.

The report, entitled “USDA Needs to Do More to Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals,” looked at three departments within the USDA, the Risk Management Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Services and the Farm Service Agency.

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