Adjustments to Widow's Benefits at Full Retirement Age

Date: 
Friday, March 22, 2013
Report Number: 
A-01-12-11299
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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SSA administers the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance program under Title II of the Social Security Act. Some beneficiaries are entitled both to disability benefits and widow’s benefits. For some beneficiaries, the widow’s benefits are adjusted, and the reduction for age is eliminated when disability benefits end and retirement benefits are awarded.

As a result of our prior reports, we provided 19,813 potentially underpaid widows’ cases to SSA for corrective action.

In this report, we sought to determine whether SSA took corrective action based on our two prior reports and correctly adjusted benefits to widow(er)s when they attained full retirement age.