The Social Security Administration (SSA) appoints representative payees for individuals who are not able to manage or direct the management of their finances because of their youth or mental and/or physical impairment. According to SSA, foster care agencies have traditionally been among its most dependable payees. State foster care agencies may not always know whether the child is receiving SSA benefits. States can use SSA’s State Verification and Exchange System (SVES) to determine whether the child is receiving benefits.
Our objective of this audit was to determine whether children in the Florida State foster care program had appropriate representative payees.