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 called 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 could lead to greater protections for vulnerable Social Security beneficiaries. This project examined the potential opportunities, barriers, and risks of information sharing regarding representative payees and explored how enhanced information sharing could be implemented.
ACUS published the report in June 2020.