Not all government waste is intentional. Some of it is just carelessness.
Exhibit A is a December Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which found that the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not accurately confirm the deaths of beneficiaries. The upshot is that payments continue to be made to people who are dead — sometimes for decades. If this revelation isn’t sobering enough, note a large chunk of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill contains past last week is earmarked for the SSA.
And it’s not just Social Security payments that are affected, notes The Foundry. “Multiple other federal agencies that pay benefits — from federal pensions to payments to farmers and the disabled — rely on SSA’s flawed death data.”
So where do these payments to the grave end up? The answer in many cases is in the hands of surviving relatives…