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Social Security Administration paid $38 million to dead veterans

Staff Writer |
The Social Security Administration (SSA) paid out nearly $38 million to American veterans that were already dead, according to an Inspector General report.

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The Inspector General for the SSA found a systematic problem in which the SSA continues to send payments to veterans after they were listed as dead by the Veterans Administration.

In other cases, the VA listed people as dead who were still alive. But the crux of the problem appears to be deaths that aren't recorded properly and not put into the SSA system to determine whether a payment should continue or stop.

"SSA reviewed selected instances and stated that VA had not included most of the individuals' death information in monthly death data transmitted to SSA," the IG report stated.

"Based on our sample results, we estimate SSA issued about $37.7 million to 746 individuals after they died and will issue approximately $7.3 million more over the next 12 months if these discrepancies are not corrected."

Stephanie Hall, acting deputy chief of staff at the SSA, told Stars and Stripes that the organization is "reviewing the issue internally."

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