President Biden delivers remarks about the Paycheck Protection Program on Feb. 22, 2021. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Having retired from the federal inspector general community, I am acutely aware of the multiple recommendations that government agencies do not implement to prevent fraud. Congress and the White House constantly push out emergency funds without requiring proper due diligence and oversight. The only conclusion that taxpayers can reach is that the fiduciary duty expected of government officials and politicians is repeatedly ignored.

The proposal of an additional $1.6 billion by President Biden toward catching the criminals, as reported in the March 3 news article “Biden proposes $1.6 billion to combat covid relief fraud,” is an admission that proper oversight of taxpayer money has failed. I suggest that the government officials and politicians who refuse to take proper precautionary steps to limit exposure to fraud be held accountable. Americans are charitable but have lost patience with such incompetence.

Michael P. Stephens, Woodbridge