The objective of our audit was to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) accurately paid authorized fees to attorneys and non-attorney representatives (referred to collectively as representatives) for Title XVI claims, through its One-Time Payment system. ...I am not seeing anything like this sort of error rate in my fees. Maybe the local field offices I am dealing with are doing a much better job than is the case nationally.
We reviewed 250 randomly selected Title XVI claimant representative fee payments issued through SSA’s One-Time Payment system during the 2-year period July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2009. ...
In total, 95 (38 percent) of the 250 randomly sampled Title XVI claimant representative fees had payment errors totaling $68,532. Projecting our sample results to the population, we estimate that approximately 10,306 fees had about $7.4 million in payment errors during the period July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2009. ...
Of the 82 overpayment errors, 44 (54 percent) occurred because SSA employees did not properly offset the Title II benefits. Additional overpayments occurred when SSA employees did not always consider the Title II attorney fee amount previously paid, resulting in combined Title XVI and II fees that exceeded the applicable fee limit.
Dec 4, 2010
Errors In SSI Attorney Fee Payments
From a recent report by Social Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG):