A new audit from the inspector general found massive errors in the government’s documentation for “representative payees,” a term that means people who receive payments on behalf of someone else who is incapable of managing their own affairs.
There are thousands of cases where the recipients received the fund and there is no SSN on file.
Over the last ten years, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 “representative payees” who ‘did not have an SSN, and SSA ad not followed its policy to retain the paper application,” the Washington Free Beacon reports.
“Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,” the inspector general said.
In addition, the IG found that the agency paid $853.1 million in benefits since 2004 to individuals who had been officially terminated as “representative payees” by the agency.
The errors occurred because the agency did not keep up with the paper applications supporting an individual’s case to receive benefits on behalf of another, and did not update its system if their status was terminated.Read more at TheFederalistpapers