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What We Read Today 12 March 2015

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IG Audit: 6.5 Million People With Active Social Security Numbers Are 112 or Older (Susan Jones, cns news)  The Inspector General has found that millions of people the Social Security Administration knows to be dead are not so listed in the department's records.  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI):

“It is incredible that the Social Security Administration in 2015 does not have the technical sophistication to ensure that people they know to be deceased are actually noted as dead.

“Tens of thousands of these numbers are currently being used to report wages to the Social Security Administration and to the IRS. People are fraudulently, but successfully, applying for jobs and benefits with these numbers. Making sure Social Security cleans up its death master file to prevent future errors and fraud is a good government reform we can all agree on.”



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