(KMOV.com) – According to the Government Accountability Office, the Social Security Administration is overpaying big sums of money to disability beneficiaries.
Lawyers, consumer advocates and watchdogs say the agency’s own missteps are to blame.
Some disability recipients continue to get payments for months or even years after notifying the agency they’re working again or earn too much to qualify.
The GAO says budget constraints and large backlogs of disability applications have delayed the reviews of income information that alert the agency to remove beneficiaries.
As a result, a recent audit found the administration made $1.3 billion in overpayments in just two years.