House Introduces Bill to Prevent Agencies From Improperly Making Payments to Deceased Individuals

February 19, 2014

House Introduces Bill to Prevent Agencies From Improperly Making Payments to Deceased Individuals

On November, 20, 2013, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), along with 59 other co-sponsors, introduced the “Improper Payments Agency Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2013” (H.R. 3555). If enacted, the bill would improve information sharing among federal agencies in order to prevent agencies from improperly making payments to individuals that are deceased. Although the Social Security Administration (SSA) currently maintains a complete and up-to-date list of deceased individuals, other agencies have only limited or incomplete access to this information. In addition to requiring that all agencies have complete access to the SSA list, the bill would require agencies to rely on the list to prevent improper payments to deceased individuals, and would further mandate that agencies share best practices for identifying deceased benefits recipients. This bill is identical legislation to S. 1360 (7/24/2013). The House bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as well as the House Committee on Ways and Means. 






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