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brooklynite

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Thu Mar 21, 2024, 04:07 PM Mar 21

Social Security program failed to properly notify people of huge fines, report finds

Source: Washington Post

The Social Security Administration’s internal watchdog office failed to properly notify some poor and disabled Americans before levying huge fines on them, an investigation by an independent watchdog agency found.
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The two-year probe into a little-known anti-fraud program discovered particularly stark due process violations starting in 2018, with investigators finding no evidence that the government ever sent written notice to some of those hit with massive penalties, which at times reached more than $100,000. Even when the inspector general’s office, which runs the program, did send notification letters in previous years, investigators found it often failed to properly serve people with notice of the proposed fines.

The findings raise “significant legal questions about the validity of penalties” on low-income people “who are potentially subject to having their future Social Security and disability benefits withheld,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote, summarizing his findings in a report issued this month to Congress and Social Security Commissioner Martin O’Malley.

Horowitz took the unusual step of urging the Social Security Administration to review every penalty the government has issued under the Civil Monetary Penalty program since 1995, to notify claimants who were fined and to take “corrective action.”



Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/03/21/social-security-ennis-cigie-report-fines/
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Social Security program failed to properly notify people of huge fines, report finds (Original Post) brooklynite Mar 21 OP
When an article is behind a paywall, it would really help providing a better summary of the article. Wonder Why Mar 21 #1
Usually it's the SSA overpaying... slightlv Mar 21 #2

Wonder Why

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1. When an article is behind a paywall, it would really help providing a better summary of the article.
Thu Mar 21, 2024, 07:05 PM
Mar 21

The first question one would ask is what did these people do that was so wrong, they had to be fined $100K?

slightlv

(3,164 posts)
2. Usually it's the SSA overpaying...
Thu Mar 21, 2024, 08:56 PM
Mar 21

and then trying to claw back all the money at once. But since the period of time when it was the worse was 2018, one has to wonder if it wasn't at the behest of *rump, himself. I wish we'd expand the investigation...!

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