Good morning, Mr. Chairman, Congresswoman DeLauro, and members of the Subcommittee. It is a pleasure to appear before you, and I thank you for the invitation to testify today to discuss the Federal government’s efforts to identify and reduce improper payments.
Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
Each year, SSA issues over $900 billion in benefit payments to about 62 million people. Given the large overall dollars involved in SSA’s payments, even the slightest error in the overall process can result in millions of dollars of overpayments or underpayments.
One of SSA’s key objectives is to reduce improper payments and increase overpayment recoveries. The following reports illustrate our efforts to meet this objective.