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Issa Rips Acting SSA Commissioner Over Failure to Fight Disability Fraud


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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) sent a scathing letter to Acting Social Security Administrator (SSA) Carolyn Colvin late Tuesday, questioning her commitment to stopping widespread abuse within federal disability programs.


The committee released a report last month that found federal judges have rubber-stamped nearly $400 billion in benefit claims in recent years. The report highlighted “red-flag” administrative law judges (ALJs) who approve more than 75 percent of disability claims that reach their courtrooms. Only claims that have been denied twice ever reach an ALJ.


The report attributed abuse in the system to a lack of oversight by the SSA, and agency-wide “production goals” that mandated ALJs hear more cases than they could handle.Scissors-32x32.png

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