Department of Justice

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

 

Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals.

 

To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money:

 

(1) Identify all U.S. Federal Agencies having programs that provide individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, with some form of federal benefit or federal aid.

 

(2) Determine the policy requirements for benefit eligibility for each federal agency as it pertains to individuals/beneficiaries who are incarcerated in federal prisons.

 

(3) For all U.S. Federal Agencies identified with having policy requirements to suspend, reduce or eliminate federal benefits/aid currently provided to individuals/beneficiaries incarcerated in federal prisons, require each federal agency to:

 

(a) Develop a cost benefit analysis to identify the potential cost savings;

 

(b) Identify the method each agency currently uses to ensure compliance with their policy requirements (e.g., how does the agency determine whether individuals/beneficiaries are actually incarcerated in federal prison - computer matching agreement, memorandum of understanding agreement, computer data exchange, etc.);

 

(c) Each fiscal year, provide an accounting to the Office of the Inspector General and/or the Government Accounting Office to include, but not be limited to:

> details of the agency method used to ensure compliance

> cost benefit analysis and the actual amount of money saved

> total number of individuals/beneficiaries whose benefits were reduced, suspended or eliminated per agency policy requirements;

> total money savings realized from benefits that were reduced, suspended or eliminated per agency policy requirements;

> disclosure of each agency accounting to a public website, such as Recovery.gov

 

(4) For all U.S. Federal Agencies identified with having *NO* policy requirements to suspend, reduce or eliminate the federal benefit/aid currently provided to individuals/beneficiaries incarcerated in federal prisons:

 

(a) Evaluate each federal agency program to determine whether to introduce new policy requirements that define benefit/aid eligibility for individuals/beneficiaries incarcerated in federal prison.

 

(5) Require all Federal Agencies providing federal benefits or aid must use the Social Security Administration "Federal Benefit/Prisoner Computer Data Exchange System" when determining benefit eligibility according to the agency policy requirement for individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, incarcerated in federal prisons. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. States currently furnish SSA with inmate data that is available for use in determining benefit eligibility.

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