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Larson, Reed Request Review of Social Security’s Efforts to Combat Robocalls

December 10, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and Ranking Member Tom Reed (NY-23) sent letters to Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Andrew Saul and SSA Inspector General Gail S. Ennis asking them to review and address fraudulent Social Security robocalls.

In the letter to Commissioner Saul the members wrote: “We are deeply concerned about the ongoing Social Security-related telephone imposter scams affecting people across the United States…. While SSA has taken steps in recent months to prevent and raise public awareness about these imposter calls, we are alarmed that the scams continue to be widespread and severe…. In light of our concerns, we are asking the OIG to review SSA’s response to telephone imposter scams.”

In the letter to Inspector General Ennis the members wrote: “We write to request that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) review the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) efforts to address ongoing Social Security-related telephone scams. Over the past year, SSA has been handling an increasing volume of telephone calls from the public regarding calls threatening arrest or other legal action due to Social Security number or account problems…. SSA provides critical benefits to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their families, so any interruption in service, confusion about the agency’s communication with the public, or changes to public confidence when interacting with SSA is of great concern.”

The letter to Commissioner Saul can be viewed here and the letter to Inspector General can be found here.