Strengthen the Integrity and Protection of the Social Security Number

Audit By Issue Slug: 

SSN Misuse: Family of Five Fraudulently Receives Survivors’ Benefits

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An applicant for a liquor license used two SSNs, one of which contained death information. An investigation conducted by our Greensboro, NC office revealed that the man’s five family members fraudulently received Title II survivor’s benefits based on the SSN containing the death information.

The fraudulent entitlement to the survivors’ benefits, which started in 2001, resulted in an incorrect payment to the family of over $98,000.

Wed, 08/31/2011

Undeliverable Social Security Number Cards (Limited Distribution)

Monday, April 2, 2018

We issued this report to determine (1) whether changes to the Social Security number (SSN) card application process have decreased the number of returned SSN cards and (2) why SSN cards were returned to the Agency as undeliverable. We also evaluated the controls in place for handling and destroying undeliverable cards.

Mon, 04/02/2018

Removal of Self-employment Income and the Impact on Social Security Benefits

Thursday, February 22, 2018

We issued this report to determine whether disclaimed or deleted self-employment income (SEI) allowed individuals to become eligible for Social Security benefits or increased benefit payments.

Thu, 02/22/2018

Social Security Numbers Assigned and Benefits Paid to Refugees, Parolees, and Asylees

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We issued this report to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) properly (1) assigned Social Security numbers (SSN) and (2) verified eligibility for Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments made to refugees, parolees, and asylees.

Wed, 07/19/2017

Improper Use of Elderly Individuals' Social Security Numbers

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

We issued this report to determine whether the (1) identities of elderly individuals were being misused for work purposes and (2) Social Security Administration (SSA) had controls in place to prevent and detect the misuse.

Tue, 01/03/2017

Social Security Administration Correspondence Containing Full Social Security Numbers

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We issued this report to assess the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) use of Social Security numbers (SSN) on external correspondence and the potential risks associated with such use.

Wed, 04/27/2016

Social Security Numbers Assigned to Diversity Visa Immigrants

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Because the Social Security number (SSN) is one of the keys to financial, legal, and social assimilation in this country, we are issuing this report to convey information related to diversity visa (DV) immigrants’ use of SSNs.

Tue, 11/17/2015

Status of the Social Security Administration’s Earnings Suspense File

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

We are issuing this report to provide information about the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) efforts to reduce the size and growth of the Earnings Suspense File (ESF).

Tue, 09/22/2015

Numberholders Age 112 or Older Who Did Not Have a Death Entry on the Numident

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our objective was to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) had controls in place to annotate death information on the Numident--SSA's database of Social Security numberholders--of numberholders who exceeded maximum reasonable life expectancies.

In this audit, we identified approximately 6.5 million numberholders age 112 or older who did not have death information on the Numident. SSA issued SSNs to a majority of these numberholders to process benefit claims before 1972.

Wed, 03/04/2015

California Tax Attorney Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison for Using Deceased Children's Identities to Commit Tax Fraud

Monday, November 17, 2014

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California:

SAN DIEGO - Lloyd Irving Taylor, formerly a licensed California tax attorney and certified public accountant, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Anello to 57 months in prison and ordered to pay over $2.2 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”).

Mon, 11/17/2014