Every aspect of government contains systemic flaws
Pay the dead
A poorly designed and managed bureaucracy cannot cure itself. Left alone, it will reach a state of entropy, an idle and nonproductive state or even worse since it interacts with others as a cog in a chaotic machine.
Social Security is an instance and example.
Take a tour of the massive institution. I once had a meeting a few years ago at the HQ with information systems management who were selecting contractors to help improve the automated client processing system. The room was filled with people and from my interaction with them; I could ascertain that only 1 in ten had a clue about what was needed to solve the problems they presented.
I delivered a complete solution and it was clear to me that I could address their needs in a most direct manner with a small team of competent individuals.
They actually applauded my presentation and sent me on my way. One evaluator commented on the way out, you should have brought more people with you because your competitors had armies with them.
Some large systems integrator probably got the job and turned it into a massive program with no end in sight. I went home and soon would become a client victim of the Social Security systematic torture machine. It will stop when entropy sets in.
“Social Security Still Paying the Dead?
By Amanda Geronikos
Wed, 07 Sep 2011 20:54:46 GMT
It seems that everywhere you look, there’s a sad Social Security story to be seen: Social Security on Verge of Insolvency. Is Your Retirement in Jeopardy? How to Retire with No Savings. As it turns out, there’s an even sadder reality to the ongoing crisis: Social Security is still paying the dead.
According to a recent CNNMoney report, the Social Security inspector general estimates that the agency has given $40.3 million to deceased recipients.
Normally, family members or funeral directors are expected to inform the Social Security Administration of a person’s death. The deceased's identifying information is then added to the agency's Death Master File, a database that contains 87 million death records. Those who fail to report this information risk serious fraud charges.
So if the post-death process is that simple, how are millions of dollars still going to the dead? One in every 200 deaths are entered into the database incorrectly – that’s 38 very costly mistakes a day. That means even the healthiest, living Americans can be reported dead because of a simple misspelling. In fact, CNNMoney notes that between May 2007 and April 2010, the Death Master File listed 36,657 death entries for people who were very much alive. And even beneficiaries whose deaths have been properly reported simply continue to receive payments anyway.
Have you ever been affected by a Social Security mistake? Sound off here.
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