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Federal Government Pays Dead Workers

September 26, 2011 by  

Federal Government Pays Dead Workers

The Administration of Barack Obama has ordered the creation of a government-wide “do not pay” database in light of reports that the Federal government makes more than $120 million in payments each year to people who are dead.

According to The Washington Post, over the past five years, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has made between $100 million and $150 million in payments to the annuities of dead Federal employees. The number of improper payments made has increased 70 percent in the past five years, the article said.

Inspector General Patrick E. McFarland attributes the mistake to the OPM’s failure to track individuals who are attempting to cheat the system by continuing to collect benefits after a family member’s death.

The OPM is reportedly attempting to stop and recoup payments in several ways, including conducting weekly and annual matches of its data against the Social Security Administration’s death records and occasionally checking records for annuitants 90 years and older to determine whether they are still alive.

In total the Federal government mistakenly paid out about $125 billion in fiscal 2010 as unemployment insurance and Medicaid payments increased. Agencies reportedly recovered about $687 million mistakenly paid to delinquent government contractors and beneficiaries.


Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • s c

    Sam, it’s obvious that Uncle Scam won’t change his ways without force. According to your last paragraph, government managed to waste, lose or fork over (for no good reason) almost $126 billion. If it’s possible for a bank employee to go to prison for embezzling a paltry $100,000 then I see no good reason why there isn’t a revolving door in Congress and the White House that funnels elected types directly to prison.
    Are we supposed to think that money that goes to DEAD people is money that’s well-spent? Is this the other side of the employment coin? Does this make for a kinder, gentler, more compassionate government?
    I see no reason to be concerned about ‘sacrificing’ for a chump prez who loves to waste trillions of dollars and has NEVER had to be accountable for ANYTHING. Something psychotic there is in the White House. If anybody needs proof that there are no checks-and-balances in Washington, all they need to do is to look at the money that goes to DEAD people.
    Someone is having a great time at our expense. Just because we can’t
    arrest DEAD people doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to arrest and imprison people who are utterly corrupt and elected and ALIVE.
    You can be sure there are groups around the country that are protected by politicians. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that DEAD
    people also get food stamps, Social Security and many other types of perks and bennies. It’s time to let loose bounty hunters, ‘mechanics’ and other entrepreneurs so they can solve the problem.

    • wandamurline

      The people who cashed the checks are the ones that need to go to prison or have their checks taken in repayment….you know like the IRS does when they have someone that has cheated on their tax returns…they place a lien on everything they own, control their bank account, and get their payment from their employer. There were a lot of dead people who voted for Obama in 2008….Texas has just passed a law that you must provide a photo identification to vote….so I guess we will be disenfranchising all of the dead people from voting in 2012.

      • eddie47d

        That’s the main point of the whole article Wanda. If a person dies and that death is not reported the government can’t do much about it for a couple of months. Sometimes it takes awhile to get death certificates so the government has proof that the person died. Although the checks are suppose to be returned immediately to be prorated and reissued from the date of death. Considering how many Federal employees we have these days there is bound to be millions out there than don’t get returned in a timely manor. The article didn’t say how much of that $125 million is regained as the paper work catches up so the loss could be much less. Rolley should have explained and broken down those figures. Now if the family members cash those checks after the month of death they should be liable for repayment.

        • MrB

          Dear eddie, you are apparently a kind and gentle soul. The fact is that figure is l25 BILLION $125,000,000,000, thats hardly an amount that can slip through the cracks…. Those people who have kept the cash are guilty of fraud, plain and simple. The only thing our elected officials will do about the FRAUD OF $125,000,000,000 is pay it lip service because their plan is TO BANKRUPT THE USA so they can be brought into the fold of the One World Government. If you don’t understand this I hope you at least get to the soup line early when your world caves in.

          • eddie47d

            Yes I should have clarified since I was mainly speaking of the Federal deceased employees (100-150 mil. dollars)Doctor fraud with Medicare patients is notorious and they should extend their oath of “do no harm” to do no harm in taking taxpayer money and then be severely punished when caught.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          in one case a son collected his fathers Social security checks for 27 years!!! 27 years!!! The government only caught it after the son died! What will be their recourse for that?!?!? Who are they going to collect it back from?!?!?

      • Aranna

        I agree!!
        I think all the states should have an ID check before voting,if nothing else just to make sure they are a US citazen!!
        Here in Oregon its a mail in ballot. Every year some 1000-2000 ballot’s are “lost in the mail”. cowinkiedink?? I think not! I think if people had to get off their collective asses and vote, the people that truly care would be at the polls!

  • girma dadi

    i wait you for scholar ship in this year

    • Free Mind

      ??? WHAT?

      • Patriot II

        Free Mind:

        I think you meant to say; “Wha?”

    • Jonathan

      All your base are belong to us!

      • MrB

        Jon.. You should join Germa at the rehab clinic…

    • MrB

      Germa you need to get some rest, and lay off the wacky weed.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        I be agreein!!!

  • Free Mind

    Nobody is surprised; that is the Federal government that we allow to exisist.
    Isn’t it time to tear down and start over?

    • wandamurline

      Absolutely. We need to find the non-essential departments and they need to be non-existent. Then we need to look at the constitution and take down and dismantle any department that is not approved by it…starting with the Department of Education, Consumer Protection (this is a brand new one by Obama), EPA, TSA, NRLB, and soooooo many others, It is time to have a lean, mean government that does its job…like protecting us from an invasion from Mexico and quit groping and radiating at the airports. They have tooooooo long been overstepping their authority…the states trump the feds, not vice versa as they would have you believe.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        this is very simple. Remember when they were asked what would happen if the budget didn’t pass? They said all non-essential employees would be told not to come to work. There you go!!! IF THEY ARE NON-ESSENTIAL, THEY AREN’T NEEDED, GET RID OF THEM!!!!!!

  • wonton2

    Is it possible to find anyone who can save this nation? I am beginning to believe the only way to fix the USA is to dismantle the entire system of Government we have now and just start over with everything.

  • Bob

    We also need to clean up voting. JFK got elected by dead people in Chacago. We have to ensure only eligable voters can vote. Also that they con only vote one time in only one state.

    • Patriot II

      Bob, Obama got elected by Dead people…… well people with “Dead Brains”!

  • Patriot II

    And these are the people who want us to “Trust Them” with running Healthcare?

    Of course this is nothing new, same thing different day!

  • Jan

    I wonder, the dead folks that vote, are they the same ones getting paid?

  • chuck conly

    What are you doing? That is payroll for democrat voters! Remember “when you die, you become a Democrat voter” Between Disney charcters and the deceased, Obama became our newest dictator! The demos NEED that money! …..and the first poster: means, he is getting scholarship money from another deceased government employee, him being a favored foreigner.

    • Patriot II

      makes sense to me Chuck. In all seriousness there probably is some truth to that!

  • Gary

    If that psychotic f**k has created a dead list, they can pick and choose who they don’t want to pay and stick them on it. Behind on your taxes? Wanna run for prez in a third party? Are you on the “do not fly” list? And so on … sorry, no food stamps / SS / etc for you!

  • http://www, John Hanna

    Was that 125 billion?

    I don’t mean to be disrespectful and I am not a bigot but in Tampa there was just an article about ‘rain parties’ that are held to teach everyone, well, black everyone, how to cheat the system and collect.

    It’s pretty much out in the open but since this is federal black on white tax payer crime nothing seems to be getting done.

    That amounts to about 500 bucks a year from each of us. Well, more if you just include tax payers

    Oh! And more employees are being hired to get this money back? Spare me!

    • 45caliber

      We won’t get the money back. What I’d like to see is some of these people going to jail for fraud.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        And when they DO go to jail, use them to repair the roadside and pick up trash!!!

  • MrB

    You all need to take a hard look at just who represents you, in your district and state. If they are no good then you need to find out who will oppose them next November. Those running against the seated will need YOUR SUPPORT. Contact them and do all you can to get them ellected, if you don’t do this just shut down your computer and go sit in your closet and think about why everyone is shi%%ing on you…

  • Aranna

    Why cut the dead off now???
    They let dead people vote all the time. Obummer had more dead people vote for him, than any other presidential candidate.lolol

  • hitthedeck

    It only makes sense that Obama would pay for all the ballots with dead people’s names on them. (Thanks to ACORN) and other so called community organized groups. I would imagine they have also had the ability to share the wealth of dead people. Ohhh excuse that’s us!

  • 45caliber

    Saddly this happens too frequently.

    Not too long ago, twin sons (in their fifties) in Houston living with Mommy failed to report her death and left her laying on the living room floor for years so they could continue to draw her SS check.

  • Sandra in California

    It is no ones fault, EXCEPT THE GOVERNMENT! We have computers now and they can find anything they want, when they want it. SO— When a person dies in a hospital, rest home, or hospice, they have to have a coroner come out and fill out the death certificate, file it with the State. This should be crossed referenced with all the Social Security numbers in that state and if there is a match, stop payment.

  • chuckb

    how about all these fed employees, you might say they are dead on their feet. check out the u.s. forestry dept. that’s a good start. every gov’t departmento is qualified for a death certificate.

  • John Barlow

    Ok so basically the government can’t even tell the differencel between a living government worker and a dead one…. Now that really says alot!!!!!

  • Gringo Infidel

    …and these dead people vote demoncrat too!

    how bloody typical.


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