Group and Boarding Homes Serving as Representative Payees

Date: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Management Issue: 
Report Number: 
A-13-12-12129
Report Type: 
Audit Report
Office Affiliation: 

Congress has granted the Social Security Administration (SSA) the authority to appoint representative payees to receive and manage the benefit payments of beneficiaries who cannot manage their finances because of their youth or mental and/or physical impairments.

We identified 31 representative payees that were group or boarding homes serving 25 or more beneficiaries. Of the 31, we selected 12 representative payees for further review based on the number of beneficiaries and their location.

The purpose of this audit was to determine whether specific group and boarding home representative payees were (1) meeting the needs of the beneficiaries they were serving and/or (2) misusing Social Security benefits.