Disabled Beneficiaries Who Are Eligible for Higher Retirement Benefits

Date: 
Friday, January 30, 2015
Report Number: 
A-09-13-23054
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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When disabled beneficiaries reach age 62, Social Security employees must determine whether they are eligible for higher retirement benefits. SSA employees must also notify disabled beneficiaries when their monthly retirement benefits would exceed their monthly disability benefits. If a disabled beneficiary elects retirement benefits, SSA processes a retirement application and pays the higher monthly benefit. If a beneficiary does not elect retirement benefits, SSA should document the reason in its electronic files.

In this report, our objective was to determine whether SSA had adequate controls to inform disabled beneficiaries when they were eligible for higher retirement benefits.