14 Congressmen Look Into the SSA Benefit Payment System
Posted on Dec 19, 2011
A major online disability news source, Disability Scoop, reported in November 2011 that the U.S. Congress is getting involved in the Social Security Administration’s oversight of the disability program. The recent horrific news of the four disabled people held captive in a Philadelphia boiler room brought the issue to light.
Fourteen members of the U.S. Ways and Means Committee are calling for more efficient oversight of people called “representative payees,” who manage the benefits of those unable to take care of their own affairs. The lawmakers expressed their concerns about this issue in a letter to the Government Accountability Office.
The Congressmen pointed to the 5.6 million representative payees who oversee around $61 million in SSA benefits for over 7 million Americans. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, wrote, “Despite requirements in the law and regulations . . . the SSA’s oversight of representative payees remains a clear challenge.”
The Massachusetts team at Keefe Disability Law applauds the efforts of this committee. We also urge all who have questions about SSA disability to contact us toll free at 888-904-6847 for a free case review.