The Office of the Counsel for Investigations and Enforcement

The Office of the Counsel for Investigations and Enforcement (OCIE) is comprised of the Office of Investigative Counsel, which works with the Office of Investigations on sensitive, complex, and often time-critical investigations of allegations of administrative, civil and criminal violations, or internal and external misconduct involving SSA and SSA OIG programs; 2) Offices for Section 1129 and 1140 Enforcement, which oversee and administer SSA’s Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) program; and 3) the Office of Special Reviews (OSR), which conducts investigations relating to whistleblower retaliation, allegations of misconduct by senior Agency officials and OIG employees, special reviews related to issues of significant or congressional concern, and special projects at the direction of the Inspector General.

Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Program

OCIE administers the CMP program, imposing penalties and assessments and providing settlement and litigation of CMP cases. OCIE may impose civil monetary penalties against violators of sections 1129 and 1140 of the Social Security Act.

Section 1129—Preventing Social Security fraud

Section 1129 of the Social Security Act provides for civil monetary penalties against individuals who make certain material false statements or omissions to receive initial or continuing benefits under the Social Security Act.

The Act allows OIG to impose a monetary penalty for each false statement in addition to an assessment of up to twice the amount of benefits paid because of the false statement. 

For more information on Section 1129 enforcement, click here.

Section 1140—A consumer protection tool against misleading advertising

Under section 1140 of the Social Security Act, OIG may impose civil monetary penalties against entities that use SSA`s program words, letters, symbols, or emblems in advertisements, or other such communications in a manner that conveys the false impression that such items are approved, authorized, or endorsed by SSA.

For more information on Section 1140 enforcement, click here.

Fact Sheet: Legal Enforcement and Financial Penalties

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