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Disability Insurance: Preliminary Observations on Overpayments and Beneficiary Work Reporting
GAO-15-673T: Published: Jun 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2015.
Over the last decade, preliminary data provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicate that more than half of the $20 billion overpaid in the Disability Insurance (DI) program was associated with beneficiary work activity. Specifically, SSA's data indicate that between fiscal years 2005 and 2014, a total of $11 billion in DI overpayments were paid to beneficiaries with work earnings...
Railroad Retirement Board: Actions Needed to Reduce Continued Risk of Fraud and Improper Payments
GAO-15-535T: Published: May 1, 2015. Publicly Released: May 1, 2015.
The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) administers two disability programs—the occupational disability program and the total and permanent disability program. The occupational disability program provides benefits to railroad workers in situations where workers are unable to perform their railroad work, but may be able to return to the workforce in another occupation. The total and permanent disabil...
Social Security Death Data: Additional Action Needed to Address Data Errors and Federal Agency Access
GAO-14-46: Published: Nov 27, 2013. Publicly Released: Dec 27, 2013.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives death reports from multiple sources, including state vital records agencies (states), family members, and other federal agencies to create its set of death records. In accordance with the Social Security Act (Act), SSA shares its full set of death data with certain agencies that pay federally-funded benefits, for the purpose of ensuring the accurac...
Social Security Administration: Preliminary Observations on the Death Master File
GAO-13-574T: Published: May 8, 2013. Publicly Released: May 8, 2013.
The Social Security Administration's (SSA) procedures for handling and verifying death reports may allow for erroneous death information in the Death Master File (DMF) because SSA does not verify certain death reports or record others. SSA officials said, in keeping with its mission, the agency is primarily focused on ensuring that it does not make benefit payments to deceased Social Security prog...