Overpayment Waiver Requests Processed by Field Offices in Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013

Thursday, July 30, 2015
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) may waive recovery of an overpayment if the person is without fault, and recovery would either defeat the purpose of the Social Security Act or be against equity and good conscience. A waiver is a permanent write-off of the overpayment, and SSA cannot subsequently collect the waived amount by any means. Generally, the overpaid person must request a waiver.

SSA waives overpayments of $1,000 or less without development unless there is some indication the debtor may be at fault. SSA refers to these as administrative waivers. However, the overpaid person must request the waiver.

The purpose of this report is to identify field offices that waived overpayments outside the typical range of field office waiver rates.