Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

Payments to Individuals Confined in Special Commitment Centers

Date: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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.

Date: 
Tue, 04/07/2015

Payments Deposited into Bank Accounts After Beneficiaries Are Deceased

Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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.

Date: 
Wed, 03/11/2015

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

Pages