Social Security Administration

Prevent Overpayments due to work

Currently, when someone receives Social Security Disability and goes back to work, they call to report it. We take basic information about the job and tell them to hang on to their paystubs until we request more detailed information. Because of the shortage of personnel, work reviews often do not happen for a couple of years. The person is overpaid large amounts of money. Often they are waived.


We should implement a telephone wage system, similar to one currently used for Supplemental Security Income. The first week of the month, the wage earner calls to report the exact amount of their wages for the previous month. This would allow us to prioritize which cases need to be reviewed and suspended or terminated. Because of the complexity of disability law, most beneficiaries give us the information and rely on us to tell them when they are no longer eligible.



Idea No. 6823