Concurrent Beneficiaries Improperly Receiving Payments in Excess of Federal Limits

Date: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Report Number: 
A-06-12-22131
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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The Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program provides benefits to wage earners and their families in the event the wage earner retires, becomes disabled, or dies. The SSI program provides payments to financially needy individuals who are aged, blind, or disabled.

Under the SSI program, each eligible individual living in his/her own household and having no other countable income is provided a maximum monthly Federal cash payment of $710. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reduces SSI payments by a recipient’s countable income (which includes OASDI benefits), less certain exclusions.

Our objective of this audit was to determine whether individuals concurrently entitled to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments and Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) benefits received combined payments in excess of Federal limits.