Disability Payments: The Latest Example of Government Waste?

In response to the GAO report, the Social Security Administration's Michael Astrue told the watchdog that the agency is "concerned that your overall message is misleading and in some cases factually incorrect."

Astrue said the title of the GAO report – "Cases of Federal Employees and Transportation Drivers & Owners Who Fraudulently and/or Improperly Received SSA Disability Payments" – may be "an overstatement and raise unwarranted concerns that there is widespread fraud in this area."

Astrue said that "curbing improper payments" was the first objective in the agency's 2008-2013 Strategic Plan Goal to "preserve the public's trust in our programs."

Jonathan Karl contributed to this report.

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