Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries

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Numident Death Information Not Included on the Death Master File

Date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We issued this report to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) should continue excluding Numident records that contain numberholders’ dates of death from the Death Master File (DMF).

The Numident is a numerically ordered master file of all assigned Social Security numbers (SSN).

Date: 
Wed, 09/28/2016

Accuracy of the Social Security Administration’s Manual Billing Process to Collect Medicare Premiums

Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016

We issued this report to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) correctly completed manual actions to bill for Medicare premiums owed by beneficiaries whose monthly Social Security benefit was less than the monthly Medicare premium.

Date: 
Fri, 09/23/2016

Benefits Payable to Child Beneficiaries Whose Benefits Were Withheld Pending the Selection of a Representative Payee

Date: 
Friday, September 23, 2016

We issued this report to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) had adequate controls to ensure it paid child beneficiaries’ withheld benefits pending the selection of a representative payee.

SSA appoints representative payees to receive and manage the payments of those beneficiaries who cannot manage or direct the management of their benefits because of their youth or mental and/or physical impairments.

Date: 
Fri, 09/23/2016

Beneficiaries Who Receive Paper Checks

Date: 
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

As of March 1, 2013, the Department of the Treasury was requiring that all beneficiaries receive their Social Security benefits by electronic funds transfer (EFT) unless they met an exemption to this requirement.

Almost 2 years after the requirement was implemented, we identified over 845,000 Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance beneficiaries who continued receiving benefits by paper check.

Date: 
Wed, 09/21/2016

Office of Personnel Management Deaths Not in the Social Security Administration’s Systems

Date: 
Monday, August 29, 2016

We issued this report to determine whether deceased individuals in the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) annuitant file were recorded in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) systems.

Date: 
Mon, 08/29/2016

Payments to Individuals Incarcerated in Texas Department of Criminal Justice Facilities

Date: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

We issued this report to identify individuals who improperly received payments while incarcerated in Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facilities and determine why these individuals’ payments were not timely suspended/terminated.

Date: 
Tue, 08/09/2016

Title II Spousal or Widow(er) Beneficiaries Whose Unreported Marriages Caused Improper Title XVI Payments

Date: 
Friday, July 22, 2016

We issued this report to identify Title II spousal or widow(er) beneficiaries who received improper Title XVI payments because they did not report their marriages to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

When determining individuals’ Title XVI payment eligibility and amounts, SSA evaluates the income and resources of the individuals and their spouses as well as the spouses’ Title XVI eligibility. Therefore, SSA requires that recipients report any changes in their marital status.

Date: 
Fri, 07/22/2016

Recovering Title II Overpayments Made to Childhood Beneficiaries

Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016

This report provides information on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) recovery of Title II overpayments made to childhood beneficiaries and the individuals responsible for repaying the debt.

Date: 
Thu, 07/21/2016

Supplemental Security Income Recipients Eligible for, or Receiving, Pensions from China

Date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Our objective was to identify Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who were eligible for, or receiving, pensions from China and who may have therefore been overpaid.

Since SSI is a program based on financial need and the payer of last resort, SSI recipients must apply for all other available sources of income to remain eligible. This includes foreign-based pensions.

Date: 
Thu, 06/09/2016

The Social Security Administration’s Compliance with the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012 in the Fiscal Year 2015 Agency Financial Report

Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016

We issued this report review the Improper Payments Information section in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Agency Financial Report (AFR) and determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) met all requirements of the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012 (IPERIA). In addition, we evaluated the Agency’s (1) accuracy and completeness of reporting and (2) performance in reducing and recapturing improper payments.

Date: 
Thu, 05/05/2016

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