When Barack Hussein was president, we always knew our Social Security system was deeply flawed. However, even we never thought it was this bad…
Right Wing News reported that a recent audit revealed that the Social Security Administration paid out $1 billion in benefits to people that don’t have social security numbers, which are people who should not be receiving Social Security at all. This indicates that there was a huge flaw in the government’s documentation of “representative payees,” or people who receive benefits on behalf of someone else incapable of managing their affairs.
Over the past decade, the SSA has paid out $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who had no Social Security numbers and who the SSA never received a paper application from, which is what their policy demands for them to obtain.
“[U]nless 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.
The inspector general also discovered that the SSA paid $853.1 million since 2004 to representative payees that had been terminated by the agency. The agency never updated their system after the terminations and did not follow up with paper applications.
Instead of admitting their colossal mistake, the SSA instead defended their actions and quietly switched to an Electronic Representative Payee System.
“Representative payees play a significant role in many beneficiaries’ lives. We have approximately 5.7 million representative payees managing annual benefits for approximately 8 million beneficiaries. When appointing representative payees, we adhere to guidance in the Social Security Act,” the SSA said in a statement. “Specific to this audit, the Act permits us to appoint, in certain circumstances, an undocumented alien, or applicant who resides outside the United States without a Social Security number to serve as payee. Specifically, the Act states we should verify a person’s SSN (or employer identification number) in our investigation of the payee applicant. However, the Act does not state that the applicant must have an SSN to serve as a payee.”