Follow-up: Payments to Individuals Whose Numident Record Contained a Death Entry

Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Report Number: 
A-06-17-50232
Report Type: 
Audit Report
Office Affiliation: 

Our objective was to determine the appropriateness of benefits the Social Security Administration (SSA) paid to individuals whose Numident record contained a date of death.

In a 2009 audit, we determined SSA issued approximately $40 million in improper payments to more than 6,000 beneficiaries although it had received notification they were deceased. In a 2013 audit, we determined SSA had issued about $31 million in improper payments to 2,475 beneficiaries although it had received notification they were deceased.