Social Security Administration: New Data Exchanges with Some States Provide Limited Information on Foster Care Beneficiaries [open pdf - 928KB]
From the Document: "Certain children in foster care are eligible to receive funds from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Specifically, qualifying low-income children with a disability may be eligible to receive funds through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, and certain children, such as those who are eligible survivors, may receive funds through the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program. [...] The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 (the Act) included provisions for, among other things, stronger monitoring of representative payees and additional information sharing between SSA and state agencies. Section 103(a) of the Act requires SSA to (1) enter into agreements with states to share and match child welfare and SSA data on a monthly basis, and (2) for any represented minor beneficiary in foster care whose foster care arrangements have changed, redetermine the appropriate representative payee. Additionally, the Act included a provision for GAO to evaluate the number of represented minor beneficiaries in foster care under the responsibility of a state, and for those beneficiaries, the type of representative payee and how the Social Security funds were used.3 This report describes (1) the status of the Section 103(a) data exchanges between SSA and state child welfare agencies, and (2) the available data on the number of represented minor beneficiaries in foster care and, for those beneficiaries, the type of representative payee and the use of Social Security funds."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/