Social Security Administration Representative Payee Program: Information Sharing with States

Project Contacts

Staff Counsel and In-House Researcher
Associate General Counsel

In April 2018, the President signed into law the “Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018” following its unanimous passage in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives (press release). Among other provisions, this law calls for a report from ACUS on information sharing between the Social Security Administration and state courts and agencies regarding individuals who receive and manage benefits on behalf of beneficiaries, known as representative payees. Better information sharing between the SSA and states regarding representative payees will lead to greater protections for vulnerable Social Security beneficiaries. This project will examine the potential opportunities, barriers, and risks of information sharing regarding representative payees and explore how enhanced information sharing would be implemented.