The Social Security administration is taking steps to cut fraud and increase trust in its payments systems, as the government continues to struggle with rising inflation and a new wave of fraud targeting beneficiaries.
The rules are part of a broader effort to increase security for all Social Security recipients, including by creating a new system to collect and share biometric data with state and local governments.
The program will be called Secure Checklist and is the first step in a broader security effort to boost security and protect people’s personal data.
The goal is to reduce fraudulent activity, reduce fraud, and increase security and trust in Social Security.
The new system, which will be rolled out over the next three years, will help provide a consistent and seamless payment process for beneficiaries, the agency said in a news release.
“This new system will enable more efficient and secure payments by reducing fraud and reducing the amount of fraud being reported to the government,” the agency added.
The new system is a joint effort between the Social Security Department and the Department of Defense, according to a news report by CBS News.
“It is a simple yet powerful tool to ensure that beneficiaries are receiving their promised benefits, and is also an important step in ensuring that fraud is minimized,” said David A. Kestenbaum, the deputy administrator of the Social Services Agency, in the news release announcing the new rules.
The agency also has created a secure website that allows Social Security beneficiaries to log in and log out.
The system, the website and the new system are the first steps in a wider effort to ensure the integrity of Social Security’s payments system.
The program, the Social security news release said, will also help protect beneficiaries’ personal data from cyber-attack, including information like name, Social Security number, email address and social security number, the release said.
“Social Security has made strides in combating fraud and security breaches over the past several years, and we are taking all necessary measures to ensure it remains one of the most secure payment systems in the country,” Kestensaid in the release.
The system will not include personal information such as Social Security numbers, addresses or names.
The agency said the new secure website is designed to help Social Security and other government entities better understand fraud and fraud-related data and will be used to better identify people who are victims of identity theft, as well as fraudsters.
The website and Secure Checklists are part, the news released said, of the Department’s “continuing efforts to enhance security and reliability in the Social Safety net, including enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of our payments system and ensuring that data is securely protected.”