social security administration

The Social Security Administration Death Master File

A two-year investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found widespread fraud in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Program. A second reform, bolder and more controversial, would means-test Social Security, gradually slowing the growth of benefits for the more affluent but sparing those with lower incomes. Provide the deceased person’s Social Security number to the funeral director so they can report the death to the SSA.

Of six possible ways of addressing Social Security’s long-term funding challenges, most Americans favor two, both of which would affect only wealthy Americans. I would really prefer to spend my limited work hours processing claims for people who do manage to complete forms in a reasonable amount of time and who do make a reasonable effort to provide answers to the questions asked.

The hiring freeze and cutbacks in overtime have hampered SSA’s ability to complete behind-the-scenes work, leading to growing …