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 the Administrative Conference 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.
The Administrative Conference’s Office of the Chairman is preparing this study, and it will include an examination of the potential opportunities, barriers, and risks of information sharing regarding representative payees, along with a description of how information sharing would be implemented. Prior to this study, in 2015 at the request of the SSA, the Administrative Conference Office of the Chairman issued a report on state guardianship laws and court practices relating to representative payees.