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What investigative responsibilities does SSA have in administering the Social Security program?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

142. What investigative responsibilities does SSA have in administering the Social Security program?

In administering the retirement, survivors, disability insurance, and the SSI programs, we must:

  1. Provide benefits to people who are entitled to them under the provisions of the Social Security Act; and

  2. Protect the Social Security trust funds and the general revenues by denying benefits when not due.

In carrying out these responsibilities, we investigate all questionable actions and statements made in connection with claims for benefits or earnings records. If there is adequate evidence that a criminal provision was violated, the case may be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution.

Last Revised: Apr. 18, 2006


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