Title XVI Deceased Recipients Who Do Not Have Death Information on the Numident

Date: 
Friday, May 3, 2013
Report Number: 
A-09-12-22132
Report Type: 
Audit Report
Office Affiliation: 

To identify and prevent erroneous payments to deceased recipients, SSA’s Death Alert, Control and Update System matches reports of death received from Federal, State, and local agencies against its Master Beneficiary (MBR) and Supplemental Security Records (SSR). SSA records the death information on its Numident, an electronic file that contains personally identifiable information (PII) for each person issued a Social Security number. SSA also creates a record of death information called the Death Master File (DMF). SSA uses death information during its Annual Wage Reporting process to determine whether wage or self-employment reports are erroneous. In addition, E-Verify uses death information to allow employers to determine newly hired employees’ eligibility to work in the United States. Finally, the Help America Vote Verification (HAVV) system allows States to verify information for newly registered voters with SSA’s Numident

This report was conducted to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) had adequate controls to ensure death information for Title XVI deceased recipients was recorded on the Numident.