Office of Personnel Management Deaths Not in the Social Security Administration’s Systems

Monday, August 29, 2016
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We issued this report to determine whether deceased individuals in the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) annuitant file were recorded in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) systems.

In Fiscal Year 2015, SSA paid about $932 billion under the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income programs to nearly 65 million beneficiaries and recipients. Under these programs, payment to a beneficiary or recipient terminates when the individual dies.

SSA receives death reports from other Federal agencies—but not OPM.

For our review, we obtained from OPM a copy of its annuitant file, which had 2.7 million records with dates of death through December 2013.