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SSA IG's call for more audits could affect New Jersey recipients

All Social Security programs that support of New Jersey residents are subject to increasing scrutiny as federal funding tightens and the population needing benefits increases. The Social Security Administration is being strongly pressed to implement new practices ensuring that Supplemental Security Income is paid out accurately and properly.

CBO: Increases in SSDI due to aging boomers, not goldbricks

New Jersey readers of this blog might be aware of the recent rancor in Congress and in the news regarding disability benefits. Critics allege that Social Security disability insurance beneficiaries depend too heavily on the government for handouts and that disability benefits are easy to access.

Inaccurate SSA records: A threat to New Jersey disability benefits?

New Jersey readers of this blog will recall a recent post regarding the looming insolvency of programs run by the Social Security Administration. Another possible reason may just have surfaced. A recent inspector general's audit of the SSA's Death Master File List estimates that inaccurate records at the SSA cost the government a good deal of money annually in wrongfully paid benefits, possibly including Social Security disability benefits. One Republican senator puts the estimated cost to taxpayers at at least $120 million every year.

Judges answer SSDI adjudication critics at House hearing

New Jersey observers of the Social Security appeals process will be interested to know that the Association of Administrative Law Judges agrees that system improvements can be made. The appeal process for denials of Social Security disability insurance benefits can add years to a case and is often seen as flawed.

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