WASHINGTON (AP) - A government investigator says the Social
Security Administration made $6.5 billion in overpayments to people
not entitled to receive them in 2009, including $4 billion under a
supplemental income program for the very poor.
The Social Security inspector general told Congress Tuesday that
most of the overpayments were made to people who were ineligible
for Supplemental Security Income. The IG said that 10 percent of
the payments made under the program were improper.
Error rates were much smaller for retirement, survivor and
Carolyn W. Colvin, a deputy commissioner of Social Security,
said the agency has improved the accuracy of its payments in each
of the past three years, and is working to make even more
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