The money the Social Security Administration and the federal retirement system is spending on benefits for dead people makes what Medicare paid out for treatment of the dead look like small potatoes. The federal government is even paying out millions for air conditioning and heating for the dead.
The Washington Post has the story:
The U.S. government has a problem with dead people. For one thing, it pays them way too much money.
In the past few years, Social Security paid $133 million to beneficiaries who were deceased. The federal employee retirement system paid more than $400 million to retirees who had passed away. And an aid program spent $3.9 million in federal money to pay heating and air-conditioning bills for more than 11,000 of the dead.
These mistakes are part of a surprising glitch at the heart of the federal bureaucracy. Because of a jury-rigged and outdated system meant to track deaths, the government has trouble determining exactly which Americans are deceased. (Read More)
One guy continue to cash his deceased father’s Social Security checks fora whopping 26 years. Then there’s the problem with living people being classified as dead, and the government giving them a hard time trying to correct the problem.