Social Security Doled Out At Least $10 Billion in Unmerited Payments Last Year

Government Executive: Confronted with unreliable wage and financial account reporting, the Social Security Administration has long struggled to reduce the amount of improper, or overpayments, to recipients of both retirement and disability benefits.

In 2017, it fell short of its goals of a 98 percent accuracy rate, according to a report released on Friday by the SSA’s Office of Inspector General. The overpayment error in the Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program was $5.9 billion, with an offsetting underpayment of $294 million, auditors found. And the overpayment error in the main Supplemental Security Income program was $4.1 billion, offset by $636 million in underpayments.

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