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    Meet the Man Who Got His Dead Mom's Social Security Benefits for 23 Years

    The 2014 omnibus bill contains an increase in funding for running the Social Security Administration (SSA). Maybe now they can stop paying Social Security benefits to dead people. According to a December Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, SSA systems do not accurately note and confirm the deaths of beneficiaries, resulting … More

    Social Security COLA: How to Improve Accuracy and Stop Excess Spending

    Time for some simple math: Which poll will more accurately determine the effect of a change on a whole group—one that surveys three of 10 people, or one that surveys nine of 10? While this may seem like an easy question, the Social Security Administration (SSA) currently receives a failing … More

    Obama Needlessly Scares Seniors: Social Security Checks and the Debt Limit

    President Obama is needlessly scaring seniors by suggesting that their Social Security benefit checks may not arrive on time if the U.S. runs out of borrowing authority at the debt limit. The 57 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits should know that their benefits will not be affected—unless President … More

    $150,000 in the Bank and Drawing Income from Social Security’s SSI

    An individual with $150,000 in the bank received Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program intended for blind, disabled, or elderly individuals with limited financial resources, revealed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a recent report. SSI, though administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), is funded by general tax revenue. … More

    Disability and Unemployment: Putting an End to Double-Dipping

    The number of people on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) reached a record high this year. But a large number of people are double-dipping from both the disability insurance (DI) and unemployment insurance (UI) programs. A bill introduced last week would put an end to these overpayments, which unnecessarily drain the … More

    Social Security Benefits and Cost of Living: Protecting Against Inflation

    Adopting the chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) in Social Security to more accurately account for changes in the cost of living is a small first step toward fixing a broken program that is currently accelerating its own demise by paying excess benefits. Fifty-seven million Americans receive Social Security benefits, and … More

    Able-Bodied People Defrauding Social Security Disability Program

    After shimmying up trees and doing away with storm debris, the obviously able-bodied tree trimmer asked his customer, “Could you make the check out to my mom? I’m on disability.” Inconveniently for him, the tree trimmer’s customer was Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK). This guy asked a U.S. Senator to help … More

    Outside the Beltway: E-Verify Law Gains Traction in Virginia

    Following the lead of a handful of other states, the Virginia House yesterday passed a bill by an 82–13 margin that would require all state agencies, public contractors and Virginia-based employers with 15 or more employees to ensure that any potential hires are eligible to work in the United States. … More

    Social Security Surplus Withers, But That's No Surprise

    Hundreds of thousands of recession-induced retirements are proving to be terrible news for the Social Security Administration, leading to the total decimation of its annual surplus for the first time in 25 years, according to USA Today. But this morning’s headline really doesn’t qualify as “news,” per se, given that … More