ERIC Number: ED222759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul-22
Reference Count: N/A
Prisoners Receiving Social Security and Other Federal Retirement, Disability, and Education Benefits.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Because of public concern over prisoners receiving cash benefits from Social Security Administration (SSA) and Veterans' Administration (VA) programs, the General Accounting Office (GAO) conducted a study to estimate the number of prisoners currently receiving cash, social security, other federal retirement, disability, and educational benefits. After analyzing testimony given at congressional hearings, reviewing a random sample of prison systems in 20 states, and constructing estimates of payments to prisoners from SSA, VA, and other similar federal programs, GAO staff estimated that over 4 percent of incarcerated felons (over 13,000 prisoners) were receiving such cash benefits in 1980. Another 4 percent of incarcerated felons received postsecondary education funded through Pell Grants. Because of the numerous instances of fraudulent and/or improper receipt of such benefits discovered by GAO staff, the GAO recommended that the SSA and VA encourage state prison systems to give the SSA periodic lists of prisoners, incarceration dates, and accurate social security numbers and to share all such corrected information with the VA and with state prisons. In addition, the GAO recommended that Pell Grant program regulations be amended so that students' attendance costs are calculated after any tuition waivers have been granted. (MN)
Descriptors: Cost Estimates, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Information Needs, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Prisoners, Program Administration, Program Improvement, Public Policy, Retirement Benefits, Student Financial Aid, Veterans Education
U.S. General Accounting Office, Document Handling and Information Services Facility, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20760 (First five free; additional copies, $3.25--bound, $1.00--unbound).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program