Social security overpays disability claims

6:42 AM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It's a controversy affecting how the government is mishandling Your Money.

The Social Security Administration has been overpaying massive sums of money to disability beneficiaries, and they have no one to blame but themselves.

Some disability recipients continue to get payments for months or even years after notifying the agency they're working again or earn too much to qualify.

The Government Accountability Office oversees the Social Security Administration.  It says budget constraints and large backlogs of applications have delayed the reviews of income information that alert the agency to remove beneficiaries. As a result, a recent GAO audit found the administration made $1.3 billion in overpayments in just two years.

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