Numberholders Age 112 or Older Who Did Not Have a Death Entry on the Numident

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Our objective was to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) had controls in place to annotate death information on the Numident--SSA's database of Social Security numberholders--of numberholders who exceeded maximum reasonable life expectancies.

In this audit, we identified approximately 6.5 million numberholders age 112 or older who did not have death information on the Numident. SSA issued SSNs to a majority of these numberholders to process benefit claims before 1972.

Resolving these discrepancies will improve the accuracy and completeness of the Death Master File--an extract of Numident data--and help prevent future misuse of these SSNs.