Program Statistics

Improper Payments Experience

The chart below* shows the improper payment experience for the SSI program for FYs 2011 ‑ 2013. We calculate the underpayment rate by dividing underpayment dollars by dollars paid, and we calculate the overpayment rate by dividing overpayment dollars by dollars paid.

SSI Improper Payments Experience FY 2011 - FY 2013 ($ in millions)
($ in millions)
  FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013
Total Payments
Dollars $51,654 $53,411 $55,350
Underpayments
Dollars $947 $948 $918
Target Rate ≤1.20% ≤1.20% ≤1.20%
Actual Rate 1.83% 1.78% 1.66%
Overpayments
Dollars $3,791 $3,387 $4,189
Target Rate ≤6.70% ≤5.00% ≤5.00%
Actual Rate 7.34% 6.34% 7.57%

Note: Total Payments represent estimated program outlays while conducting our payment accuracy reviews and may vary from actual outlays.

Historical data is also available in Excel format by clicking here.

*For more information regarding this statistical analysis, please visit our Agency Financial Report.

Improper Payments Targets

The chart below details the target SSI goals with respect to improper payments for FYs 2014 – 2016.

SSI Improper Payments Reduction Outlook FY 2014 - FY 2016
($ in millions)
  FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
  Projected Payments Rate Projected Payments Rate Projected Payments Rate
Total $57,364   $58,418   $60,118  
Underpayments $688 ≤1.20% $701 ≤1.20% $721 ≤1.20%
Overpayments $2,868 ≤5.00% $2,921 ≤5.00% $3,006 ≤5.00%

This data is also available in Excel format by clicking here.