Social Security Administration

Social Insurance Specialist

The rule for holding out and separated from spouse should be changed. SSA pays out millions of unnecessary money to thousands of people who would otherwise not be qualified because of their spouse's or holding out spouses income. There is no way to detect when a person gets married except word of mouth by the recipient, which usually their marriage goes undetected. SSA should receive marriage alerts to combat fraudulent activity. Also, SSA should change the rules for individuals who are married or holding who later becomes separated.



Idea No. 18546