SSA Seeks Input on Representative Payee Determinations for Beneficiaries

March 27, 2018

The Representative Payee Program provides financial management for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their Social Security or SSI payments.

As part of the upcoming National Disability Forum, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is exploring ideas to improve its instructions for the Representative Payment Program and wants to hear from you. Your input is needed on how SSA can identify beneficiaries who can direct the management of their own benefits. Below are some of the questions from SSA's online engagement tool, IdeaScale.

  • How should we assess a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits?
  • Are there certain questions we should ask beneficiaries in order to determine their ability to direct the management of their own benefits?
  • Are there indicators that a beneficiary is not able to direct management of his or her benefits?

Let your voice be heard. You can provide input on the IdeaScale through Friday, April 6, 2018.

Please direct any questions to


FrNcine schwartz - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:50

I have seen many instances when family members do not understand or evade accountability for managing payer funds. I think that family rep payees should have to demonstrate their own financial security the way that foster parents do. It also seems that rep payees should not have a benigiary in their residence paying rent to the rep payee. Someone other that the owner or lease should be the rep payee to avoid conflict of interest.

Thank you for your comment! 

ACL shared this opportunity to provide input to help the Social Security Administration reach more people affected by this program. However, comments posted here won't be seen by SSA.

Please be sure to submit your input through the Social Security Administration's IdeaScale so it can be considered. 

--ACL Staff

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