Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
Acting on information provided by an orthodontist’s office, our Detroit office investigated an 84-year-old Michigan resident and Title II retirement beneficiary. The orthodontist’s office reported that the man provided identifiers for his second identity when receiving treatment. Our investigation revealed that the man used his true name to apply for Title II disability and retirement benefits, while working under a false identity. He was overpaid $194,146, a combined total from overpayments under both identities.
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.
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.