Picture Dr. Evil – One billion dollars.
Seriously, the President’s budget proposal sets aside $1 billion to accurately fill out names and numbers on social security checks.
How’s that for government efficiency?
Via Big Government:
According to President Obama’s budget proposal today, his budget would continue “investment in program integrity by providing $1 billion to ensure benefits are paid to the right person and in the right amount.” Yes, you read that correctly: we are supposed to spend one thousand million dollars in order to achieve what American Express does correctly every single day (or, come to mention it, what the Dewey Decimal System did for books 100 years ago)…
What’s worse? It may actually be a legitimate cause.
Social Security fraud and waste, of course, is a very real problem. In 2008, the Social Security Administration was so negligent in keeping its information up-to-date that it paid up to $11 billion to people who weren’t disabled anymore (Social Security pays for many disabled folks, as well as the elderly). And there were still nearly 800,000 people who were trying to get access to the agency’s judges to secure the benefits they were allegedly owed. So the Obama Administration stands on solid ground when it suggests that for every dollar it spends on system maintenance, many dollars in waste and fraud may be saved.
Better plan – Send that money to my house, we’ll hire some of those CareerBuilder office workers, and everything will be taken care of.