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Govt Paid Half A Billion In Disability to People Who Had Jobs

According to a recent Inspector General’s report, the Social Security Administration has been caught with more gross incompetence and inefficiency, which are hallmarks of federal bureaucracy (yes, we recognize how redundant that is).

The report detailed that over a half billion in taxpayer dollars were paid out to people for disability benefits who had already returned to work and/or had failed to report the fact that they were working again.

Much of the benefits paid out were due to the “administration’s slow processing.”

So, don’t be surprised when the reply from SSA head bureaucrats is that they need more staffers to prevent the errors.

Translation: give us more taxpayer dollars so we can stop wasting taxpayer dollars. Got that?

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Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The Social Security Administration improperly disbursed an estimated $571 million in disability benefits to people who had already returned to work, according to a government audit report.

Of the half a billion estimated overpayments, nearly $201 million of the improperly disbursed benefits checks were due to the administration’s slow processing, and the almost $371 million was the fault of the beneficiaries who didn’t complete paperwork on time, the Office of the Inspector General (IG) wrote in a report released Tuesday.

Analyzing a sample of disability cases from 2012, the IG found a total of $1.3 million in overpayments, $446,000 of which were made as a result of administrative errors, as well as $823,000 due to individuals failing to report wages that would disqualify them from benefits.

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