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Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Mar. 10, 2017
Jun. 30, 2016
Document Documentand Entity Information [Abstract]      
Entity Registrant Name Performant Financial Corporation    
Trading Symbol PFMT    
Entity Central Index Key 0001550695    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   50,317,704  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Public Float     $ 40,708,614