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Here's how President Trump could target Social Security's waste, fraud and abuse


Here's how President Trump could target Social Security's waste, fraud and abuse

WATCH | How Trump could target Social Security's waste, fraud, and abuse.

During the campaign then candidate Donald Trump split from his party by declaring he wouldn't touch Social Security.

“I want to leave Social Security as is. We're going to get rid of waste, fraud, abuse,” Trump said during a March 2016 GOP primary debate in Miami.

A year later, Trump is president, so what could be his plan for getting rid of the waste, fraud and abuse?

One of the areas he might target is the Social Security Disability Insurance program -- a program that had to be saved from insolvency by Congress in 2015.

And according to a 2015 GAO report, the program overpaid recipients by 11 billion dollars due to processing weaknesses, limited oversight, and no automated reporting options.

There are lots of issues with the program. One of the big issues is that once individuals go into the program very few ever come back out.
Romina Boccia, Research Fellow at Heritage

The conservative Heritage Foundation said overpayments are a great place to start because, according to  their data, the percentage of the working age population that is enrolled doubled from 2.3 percent in 1990 to 5.1 percent in 2014 and put a strain on the program's funds.

Fixing some of the issues requires action from Congress, but there are some steps Trump can take on his own to make the agency more efficient.

Romina Boccia, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation said, “He could require that IT systems be modernize within a certain time frame, he could for example require more reporting from the agency on overpayment cases."

Circa reached out to the White House for comment, but has yet to receive a response. 

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