Children and Families of Iowa, a Fee-For-Service Representative Payee for the Social Security Administration

Date: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Management Challenge: 
Report Number: 
A-07-16-50055
Report Type: 
Audit Report
Office Affiliation: 

Our obejctive is to determine whether Children and Families of Iowa (CFI) (1) had effective safeguards over the receipt and disbursement of Social Security benefits, (2) used and accounted for Social Security benefits in accordance with Social Security Administration (SSA) policies and procedures, and (3) adequately protected beneficiaries’ personally identifiable information.

Some individuals cannot manage or direct the management of their finances because of their youth or mental and/or physical impairments. Congress granted SSA the authority to appoint representative payees to receive and manage these beneficiaries’ payments. Representative payees are responsible for managing benefits in the beneficiaries’ best interests.