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Social Security Reporting (4/1/15 – 9/30/15)

The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued for the period of April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015 report in which it made the following statements:

  • There have been $374M in questioned costs during this period
  • Updated its estimate that SSA has made $16.8B in overpayments and had only recovered $8.1B, was in the process of recovering $6.3B, and waived or canceled $2.4B
  • SSA had spent $231M more to recover low dollar overpayments than it could collect
  • SSA failed to identify deceased beneficiaries from its own Medicare usage data
  • 80,598 allegations were received by SSA employees, Congress, the public, law enforcement agencies, and other sources resulting in 4,290 criminal investigations culminating in 168 arrests, 552 indictments, 623 criminal convictions, and 195 civil judgments contributing to more than $270.4M in projected savings (although the cost of the program was not disclosed)
  • Concerns for the representative payee program were expressed as a result of the expected growth in the aged population experiencing dementia
  • Expansion of the fraud prevention units to more cities with 36 such units now operating
  • After increasing the number of administrative law judges in from FY 2010 – 2013 by 18%, there was as decrease in FY 2014 with expected hiring of 200 more ALJs in 2015 while losing another 100 due to attrition
  • 86% of Disability Determination Service offices have unacceptably long processing times
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