Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

Disabled Beneficiaries Who Are Eligible for Higher Retirement Benefits

Date: 
Friday, January 30, 2015

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.

Date: 
Fri, 01/30/2015

Excess Withholding of Government Pension Offset

Date: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Government Pension Offset (GPO) reduces monthly Social Security benefits for spouses and surviving spouses who receive a pension based on their employment for a Federal, State, or local government not covered by Social Security. In this report, our objective was to determine whether the Social Security Administration had adequate controls to identify and pay spousal beneficiaries who had an excess withholding of GPO.

Date: 
Tue, 02/03/2015

The Social Security Administration’s Reporting of High-dollar Overpayments Under Executive Order 13520 in Fiscal Year 2014

Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

In this report, we reviewed the Social Security Administration's Accountable Official’s Quarterly High-dollar Overpayment Report to the Office of the Inspector General, as required by Executive Order 13520, Reducing Improper Payments and Eliminating Waste in Federal Programs, for the quarters ended December 2013 and March, June, and September 2014.

Date: 
Wed, 12/31/2014

Underpayments Payable to Terminated Title II Beneficiaries

Date: 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

According to SSA policy, an underpayment is any monthly benefit amount due a beneficiary that SSA has not paid. Underpayments include accrued monthly benefits SSA has not paid and uncashed checks representing correct payments to deceased beneficiaries.

Date: 
Wed, 12/17/2014

Payments to Student Beneficiaries

Date: 
Monday, December 15, 2014

The Social Security Act provides benefits to children upon the insured wage earners’ retirement, death, or disability. Child beneficiaries are entitled to benefits until they marry or attain age 18. After age 18, child beneficiaries become eligible for student benefits if they attend an elementary or secondary school full time. Generally, student benefits continue through the earlier of age 19 and 2 months or the end of the school year.

Date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014

The Social Security Administration’s Prisoner Incentive Payment Program

Date: 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Social Security Act allows the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make incentive payments to State and local correctional facilities that provide inmate data to SSA.

Date: 
Wed, 12/03/2014

The Social Security Administration’s Access to Financial Institutions Program (Limited Distribution)

Date: 
Friday, December 5, 2014

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash assistance to people who are aged, blind, or disabled with limited income and resources. SSI applicants and recipients are required to report their resources to SSA to ensure they are eligible for SSI payments.

Date: 
Fri, 12/05/2014

Individuals with Multiple Social Security Numbers that Were Not Cross-referenced in SSA's Systems

Date: 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Generally, SSA assigns an individual one Social Security number (SSN) to track his/her earnings and any benefits he/she may receive. In some cases, an individual can have more than one SSN. For example, when SSA assigns consecutive SSNs to members of the same family, one of the individuals can request a new SSN. If SSA assigns an individual more than one SSN, the Agency generally cross-refers it electronically in its records.

Date: 
Tue, 11/25/2014

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Social Security Disability Fraud, Tax Fraud

Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2014

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut:

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOSEPH LUCA, 68, of Meriden, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to four years of probation, the first six months of which LUCA must spend in home confinement with electronic monitoring, for stealing Social Security benefits and filing false tax returns. LUCA also was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

Date: 
Fri, 11/21/2014

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