Cash for Cons.. The Failure of the SSA again

In Government Waste, Social Security, The Mob on August 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

What is wrong with Government? Glad you asked…images

The Boston Herald uncovers “Cash for Con’s”…..the Social Security Administration foul-up of sending money to Bay State prisoners. The government has asked they send the money back. According to the SSA’s own website, felon’s aren’t allowed to (The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 made it illegal for fugitive felons to collect SSI payments):

This Fugitive Felon Project utilizes a multi-faceted approach that requires extensive and cooperative efforts of many law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

This project identifies individuals who are prohibited under the law from receiving SSI benefits by conducting computer matches with available sources of warrant information, which include the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and the states.We also have signed agreements with U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI, giving us access to all federal warrants.

Their own words, Government is inadquately policing themselves. Testimony by Acting Assitant Deputy Comissioner, Fritz Steckewald in 2001:

Unfortunately only about 30 percent of all outstanding warrants are reported to the NCIC since the reporting of such information is voluntary and selective. Eleven states report all of their warrants to the NCIC. These states are Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri. The remaining 39 states report some, but not all warrant information to the NCIC.

Wonder how well they are doing a few years later?  I am sure their programs, and funding have increased. Look at what it was then:

“Today, SSA maintains over 2,600 incentive payment agreements, which provide monthly reports from approximately 5,500 facilities.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: