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Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig leads bill to push federal agencies to prevent payments to deceased Americans

 

March 29, 2022



ST. PAUL — The federal government keeps timely data about Americans who die and that should be promptly shared with agencies that send out benefit payments to block improper benefits from being sent out, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig said. Craig, along with a Republican peer, is preparing to introduce a bill to require data sharing starting at the end of this year.

The Democrat representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District said she got interested in learning more about how the federal government tracks Americans who die after questions came up about deceased people receiving federal stimulus checks during the COVID-19 pandemic. After talking to representatives of the Social Security Administration, she sought to understand how the agency could keep clear data for those who die and yet it doesn't always get tracked as quickly by agencies that pay out benefits to citizens.

"There's no law requiring it, that they share the data across the federal government," Craig told Forum News Service on Friday, March 24. "And you know, unfortunately, sometimes these federal agencies need a good kick in the pants to go the extra mile."

https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/minnesota/minnesota-rep-angie-craig-leads-bill-to-push-federal-agencies-to-prevent-payments-to-deceased-americans

 

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