Post-Death Federal Retirement Payments Could Total $600 Million
According to a new report, the Federal government pays millions of dollars per year to dead people, including deceased retired workers, The Washington Post reported.
Over the past five years, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has paid out more than $601 million in benefits payments to decease Federal workers, according to the agency’s Inspector General.
“It is time to stop, once and for all, this waste of taxpayer money,” Inspector General Patrick E. McFarland, wrote in the office’s report.
The OPM’s Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund is in the process of trying to implement a recovery plan for a portion of the $120 million annual payments that go to these deceased Federal workers, according to Fox News.
Several individual examples presented a troubling view of the agency’s lack of oversight and accountability. One case dealt with an annuitant’s son who was able to receive benefit checks for his father until 2008, which was 37 years after the man had passed away, reported the news outlet.
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