Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) maintains high levels of program integrity, despite periodic claims to the contrary, and the program has many safeguards against fraud and abuse.
Though SSA works hard to fight fraud and reduce improper payments, it could do more — especially if it had the resources and powers to do so. Several bills in Congress would give SSA more legal tools. Crucially, the agency needs stable and predictable funding — as an expert panel of the Social Security Advisory Board and OIG have urged.
As the Bipartisan Policy Center notes, “fraud is not the reason for [DI’s] current funding shortfall.” Lawmakers should support SSA’s anti-fraud efforts, not use fraud as an excuse to gut this vital program.