Do you know that the U.S. government pays out about $140 billion a year to people who either don’t deserve the money, or are dead but still collecting?
A new report from the Social Security Administration’s inspector general found 35 deceased federal beneficiaries were paid $1.7 million between 1991 and 2013.
The bill tasks the Office of Management and Budget with providing privacy requirements and guidance for new users of the “Do Not Pay” system.
Senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee have opened a new legislative salvo in the fight against improper payments: helping agencies stop payments to dead people. The new legislation, introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee would allow all federal agencies to access basic death data maintained by the Social Security Administration and require they use it to curb improper payments
Senate lawmakers are promising to change the laws to let agencies have easier access to the Death Master File and other key databases. Starting June 1, agencies must check the Do Not Pay list before issuing any money.