The objective of our report is to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) properly identified and controlled overpayments recorded as "special payment amounts" (SPA) on the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR).
Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
SSA administers the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program under Title II of the Social Security Act. Spouses of individuals insured under the OASDI program may be eligible for OASDI auxiliary benefits. According to SSA policy, a spouse is entitled to a maximum of 50 percent of the insured individual’s primary insurance amount (PIA).
Title II of the Social Security Act allows individuals to receive Disability Insurance (DI) benefits if they are fully insured, have not reached retirement age, and are determined to be disabled.
Federal law requires that the Social Security Administration (SSA) suspend payments to certain individuals who are in institutions as sexually dangerous persons. These provisions became effective in December 1999.
A 2012 OIG investigation identified 14 sexual predators who inappropriately received more than $500,000 in SSA payments while confined in a Washington State SCC. The investigation identified 23 additional SCCs nationwide.
In this report, our objective was to determine the effectiveness of the Social Security Administration’s procedures for recovering payments improperly deposited into Title II beneficiaries’ bank accounts after their deaths. Specifically, we focused on payments SSA issued between the date of death and the date payments were suspended or terminated.
The objective of this report was to assess the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) effectiveness in collecting civil monetary penalties (CMP).
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.
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.
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.