We issued this report determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) had adequate controls to ensure it did not improperly suspend mother/father or spousal beneficiaries who had a child in their care.
Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
Our objective was to determine whether individuals had been repeatedly overpaid because they knowingly withheld, misrepresented, or concealed earnings information from the Social Security Administration.
The objective of our report was to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) missed opportunities to identify Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who had excess resources in bank accounts.
The SSI program provides cash assistance to people who are aged, blind, or disabled with limited income and resources. In July 2016, SSA paid 8.3 million recipients $4.7 billion in monthly SSI payments.
On November 20, 2009, the President issued Executive Order 13520 ". . . to reduce improper payments by intensifying efforts to eliminate payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse in the major programs administered by the Federal Government, while continuing to ensure that Federal programs serve and provide access to their intended beneficiaries."
We issued this report to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) could use medical claim data to identify aged Title XVI recipients who are deceased.
We issued this report to review the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) processes as they applied to Federal pensions.
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).
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.
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.
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.