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  • Social Security paid a billion dollars to people with no SS numbers

    02/23/2017 8:15:02 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 23, 2017 | Rick Moran
    Here's a tale of government waste involving all the usual suspects: incompetence, indifference, and laziness. The inspector general for the Social Security Administration discovered that a billion dollars in benefits was paid to people who had no Social Security numbers.  The benefits were paid to "representative payees" – people who were accepting benefit checks on behalf of another because the beneficiary was unable to manage his Social Security payments by himself. Seventeen percent of these representative payees were illegal aliens, according to the audit. Washington Times: Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who "did...
  • Feds paid $1 billion in Social Security benefits to individuals without SSN.

    02/22/2017 3:31:53 AM PST · by gattaca · 47 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | 02/22/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration paid $1 billion in benefits to individuals who did not have a Social Security Number (SSN), according to a new audit. The agencys inspector general found errors in the governments documentation for representative payees, otherwise known as individuals who receive retirement or disability payments on behalf of another person who is incapable of managing the benefits themselves. The audit released Friday found thousands of cases where there was no SSN on file. Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who "did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed...
  • Man would rather get fired than watch diversity video

    09/09/2016 1:08:02 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 103 replies
    Man would rather get fired than watch diversity video Thu, 09/08/2016 - 7:00am | Tracy Crane CHAMPAIGN A Social Security Administration employee who believes he shouldn't have to watch a workplace diversity video about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, because it violates his religious beliefs, fears he may lose his job because of it. David Hall, 42, of Tolono has worked for the federal agency for 14 years, based in the Champaign office as an area systems coordinator, an information technology position. In late April, Hall said, employees nationwide received an email from the agency about a...
  • IRS doesnt tell 1 million taxpayers that illegal immigrants stole their Social Security numbers

    08/30/2016 4:42:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agencys inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday. Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but its still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled, and fell woefully short anyway. As a result most taxpayers dont learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up. Taxpayers identified as...
  • Social Security rolls back two-factor mandate

    08/17/2016 5:07:47 AM PDT · by ken in texas · 21 replies
    FCW ^ | Aug 15, 2016 | Adam Mazmanian
    The Social Security Administration is relaxing a recent security directive requiring beneficiaries to use two-factor authentication to log into personal accounts after complaints that the new restrictions hindered user access. ...SSA has not come up with a new two-factor verification method. The agency is strongly recommending that users take advantage of the text-message security option, but beneficiaries are able once again to use a simple username and password to access their accounts....
  • Social Security Administration Now Requires Two-Factor Authentication

    08/04/2016 8:11:41 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 53 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | 8/16/2016 | Brian Krebs
    The U.S. Social Security Administration announced last week that it will now require a cell phone number from all Americans who wish to manage their retirement benefits at ssa.gov. Unfortunately, the new security measure does little to prevent identity thieves from fraudulently creating online accounts to siphon benefits from Americans who havent yet created accounts for themselves. ... People will not be able to access their personal my Social Security account if they do not have a cell phone or do not wish to provide the cell phone number, the agency said. ... Also, as one reader already pointed out...
  • The FDA is stockpiling military weapons and its not alone

    07/02/2016 2:10:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 26, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    The FDA is stockpiling military weapons and its not alone AMERICAS GUN CULTURE has been a subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable zealots in possession of alarming quantities of explosives and firearms. Amid the current din over assault weapons and body armor, consider one domestic organizations fearsome arsenal of military-style equipment. In the space of eight years, the group amassed a stockpile of pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic rifles, along with ample supplies of ammunition, liquid explosives, gun scopes, and suppressors. In its cache as well are...
  • Obama Admin Works to Keep Guns From Many on Social Security Disability

    05/09/2016 8:08:09 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 25 replies
    freebeacon ^ | Stephen Gutowski
    The Social Security Administration has announced the details of a new rule that would bar many receiving federal disability payments from owning firearms. The proposed rule is part of President Obamas push to tighten gun laws while bypassing Congress. News of the plan to add some Social Security recipients to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, was first uncovered by the Los Angeles Times last summer and has faced fierce opposition from gun rights groups ever since. President Obama announced in January that he was officially ordering the Social Security Administration to start the process for implementing...
  • Obama Administration Moves Forward With Stripping Gun Rights Through Social Security

    05/03/2016 5:32:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/2/2016 | Katie Pavlich
    Late last week President Obama announced a new push for additional federal "smart" gun technology funding. After grabbing headlines and much attention, the move received praise from gun control groups like Michael Bloomberg's Everytown and criticism from law enforcement, the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. But an issue flying under the radar in Obama's announcement is the Administration's decision to move forward with gun control measures through the Social Security system. Late last year it became clear if an individuals needs financial help managing Social Security benefits, the agency can deem that person mentally unfit to purchase a...
  • Psychologist, judge, lawyer charged in plot to steal $600 million

    04/06/2016 4:41:43 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 6, 2016 | Anna Giaritelli
    A retired judge, lawyer and psychologist have been charged in a plot to scam the federal government of $600 million through false disability claims. Various federal agencies, including the Justice Department, Social Security Administration, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Services, and FBI, announced late Tuesday the indicment of David Daugherty of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Eric Conn and Alfred Adkins, both of Pikeville, Ky., on 18 charges. "While Social Security disability programs are designed to support the disabled, the defendants allegedly used it to enrich themselves. Today's arrests demonstrate, however, that the Criminal Division will root out greed and corruption...
  • 260,000 Vets Stripped of Their Gun Rights With a Single VA Gun Regulation

    03/30/2016 7:51:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    independentsentinel.com ^ | 3/26/2016 | S. Noble
    Two Senate Republicans are trying to find out why 260,000 vets have been stripped of their gun rights. The Veterans Affairs office has made it a practice to report veterans to the FBIs National Instant Criminal Background Check system. If veterans need help doing paper work, they lose their rights. Its clearly a violation of the Second Amendment. Any veteran who is assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf is automatically declared mentally defective and is reported to NICS, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy guns.
  • Did You Ever Notice the Asterisk on Your Social Security Statement?

    07/31/2015 4:12:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | July 31, 2015 | Myra Adams
    While engaging in the mundane task of gathering financial statements for a secure retirement meeting with my husbands and my adviser, this Baby Boomer stumbled upon documented proof that our nation does not have the guts to confront one of its most serious economic problems. The realization came when I pulled from my files a document statement innocently titled, Your Social Security Statement.
  • SSA Cant Collect Overpayments Without Wasting Money

    07/04/2015 12:23:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 3, 2015 5:00 am | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) spends more money than it collects when trying to recover payments to individuals who received benefits for which they were not eligible. According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the SSA issued $128.3 million in low-dollar overpayments between 2008 and 2013, and then spent $323 million to collect them. The agency ultimately recovered only $109.4 million. This resulted in SSA spending over $213.6 million more than it collected, the OIG said, in an audit released Wednesday. [] The overpayments were distributed through the SSAs Retirement and Survivors Insurance (RSI), Disability Insurance (DI), and Supplemental...
  • Looking for a forum to ask i.r.s. / ssa questions

    06/27/2015 7:59:27 PM PDT · by George from New England · 7 replies
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    Been looking for an internet forum to ask a few questions and interface with others in the know. My wife has an employee/employer job. I am self employed. I am on her employer's health insurance. They deduct premiums every two weeks from her paycheck. Example: 800-200, net 600 There has been lawful pre-tax med calculations being done meaning ss tax is paid on the 600 not 800. Now we find this is directly impacting her benefits when she retires, 3 years hence. Can this be changed going back a few years and tax returns amended to reflect this? Has the...
  • SSA Paid the Dead $46.8 Million [Democrat walking-around money]

    06/25/2015 4:00:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/24/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) paid individuals acting as representatives for disabled beneficiaries nearly $50 million even though they were dead.An audit from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is just the latest example of the SSAs inability to figure out who on their rolls is still alive.The audit focused on representative payees, or a person who manages anothers finances due to mental or physical limitations. The OIG found that many payees acting on behalf of disability beneficiaries had died.SSA did not ensure new representative payees were selected when current payees died, the OIG said. Based on our sample results,...
  • Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction

    04/08/2015 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction By: Msgr. Charles PopeA conference is being planned in August to ponder an authentic pastoral response in ministering to those with same-sex attraction. Dr. Janet Smith is the organizer; Courage International and the Archdiocese of Detroit are the sponsors. It looks to be a  fine gathering of solid speakers. Though I am clearly a “back-bencher” among the fine speakers being lined up, I was asked to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the book that will likely be published by Ignatius Press just prior to the conference.As a...
  • Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post

    12/15/2014 7:48:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy – A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post By: Msgr. Charles PopeA little over a year ago, I wrote an article asking and answering this question: What Does the Catholic Church Offer for those with Same-Sex Attraction? And the answer is, “the truth.” It is the same gift we offer anyone who will give us the gift of attention and presence. The truth, as revealed by God, is what we offer and celebrate along with the Sacraments, the communal life, and prayer.Of course the truth we offer in terms of human sexuality...
  • Bill Would Increase Certain Social Security Payments

    06/18/2014 10:29:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Plan Sponsor ^ | 06/17/2014 | Rebecca Moore
    Two U.S. Senators have introduced the Retirement and Income Security (RAISE) Act. The bill would increase Social Security payments for divorced spouses, enhance benefits for widows and widowers, and extend eligibility for children of retired, disabled or deceased workers. The additional benefits included in the RAISE Act would be offset by the application of a 2% payroll tax rate on annual earnings over $400,000an offset that means Social Security will continue to be fully funded, according to a news release by Senator Mark Begich (D-Arkansas), who introduced the bill along with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington). The RAISE Act would ensure...
  • Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

    06/18/2014 10:10:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 10:53 AM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the agency are facing increasingly long waits, in person and on the phone, the report said. Social Security has closed 64 field offices since 2010, the largest number of closures in a five-year period in the agencys history, according to a report by the bipartisan staff...
  • Using Your Money to Create a Tower of Babel

    05/06/2014 10:28:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 05/06/2014 | Dave Blount
    The most efficient way to destroy a society is to fragment it and turn the pieces against each other. Language plays a big part in getting America out of the way so that a liberal utopia can be constructed in its place. Here is one way our rulers are using our money to encourage foreign colonists not to learn English: The inability to speak English is now considered a determining factor to receive federal disability benefits. Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of...