Government doles out $600M to dead people
2.5 million federal workers receive over $60 billion in benefit payments from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund program every year.
So what happens when they die?
In the past five years, the federal government has continued to mail out more than $600 million in benefit payments to people who are no longer alive.
News that the government was paying people six feet under surfaced in 2005 – yet the payments continue.
The government continues to dole out millions to the deceased as they struggle to develop a system that reports which beneficiaries are alive, and which aren’t. Figuring this system out is taking a lifetime — or two. According to CBS:
In one case, the son of a beneficiary continued receiving payments for 37 years after his father’s death in 1971. They payments – totaling more than $515,000 – were only discovered when the son died in 2008.
And the problem isn’t just contained to benefit payments.
Last year, government investigators found that more than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each from the massive economic recovery package went to people who were either dead or in prison.
Everybody knows you don’t move out of your house without cancelling the electricity. It’s common sense. It’s high time for the government to learn from the American public and stop paying for a house when nobody’s home.