The Social Security Administration has issued almost $200 million by improperly paying people twice for their benefits, according to the Inspector General.
The Inspector General's new audit report revealed that many individuals with more than one Social Security Number received $171 million. On top of that, several payments were made to individuals who were deceased.
"We identified more than 5,000 instances where, contrary to Agency policy, SSA appeared to simultaneously issue monthly [Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance] OASDI benefits and/or SSI payments to individuals under both of their cross-referred SSNs," the inspector general said. "We also identified over 13,000 instances where SSA continued paying beneficiaries after it recorded death information on their cross-referred SSNs."