Friday, September 23, 2011

US disbursed $601m to dead people, report says

By Ed O’Keefe Washington Post / September 24, 2011
WASHINGTON - The federal government pays out millions of dollars to dead people each year, including deceased retired federal workers, according to a report.

In the past five years, the Office of Personnel Management has made more than $601 million in benefits payments to deceased federal annuitants, according to the agency’s inspector general. Total annual payouts range between $100 million and $150 million.

Inspector General Patrick McFarland, who previously reported on the improper payments in 2005 and 2008, urged the agency to more closely track such mistakes.

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