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SSDI and the Do Not Pay Initiative

by Bob Gellman August 29th, 2013 12:00 pm

Just recently, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memorandum for the federal government’s Do Not Pay Initiative. Protecting Privacy while Reducing Improper Payments with the Do Not Pay Initiative, OMB Memorandum M-13-20, http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2013/m-13-20.pdf. The DNP Initiative derives from several federal laws, the most recent of which is Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-248, 126 Stat. 2390 (2012).

This effort would be of no particular interest here except for the SSDI connection. Both the law and the OMB memo utilize the SSDI (Death Master File of the Social Security Administration). Here are the details.

The DNP Initiative directs agencies to have prepayment and preaward procedures and to ensure that a thorough review of available databases with relevant information on eligibility occurs to determine program or award eligibility and prevent improper payments before the release of any Federal funds. Under the 2012 legislation, agencies are required to review five existing federal databases prior to payment. These databases are:

• Death Master File of the Social Security Administration.
• General Services Administration's Excluded Parties List System.
• Debt Check Database of the Department of the Treasury.
• Credit Alert System or Credit Alert Interactive Voice Response System of HUD
• List of Excluded Individuals/Entities of the Office of Inspector General of HHS.

Pub. L. No. 112-248 § 3(a), amending § 5(a)(2) of the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002, 31 U.S.C. 3321 note.

I’m just posting this to let those who track SSDI issues know that it is part of the Do Not Pay Initiative. That knowledge may be mildly useful at some point down the road.

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