Don’t Stand by…..Speak Up!
Have you ever witnessed something that you knew was wrong and wondered if you should report it? Did you want to say something, but didn’t because you were afraid of negative consequences? Don’t be afraid, because there are federal laws to protect you. Indeed, as a bystander, you can play an essential role in preventing violence, wrongdoings, and fraud.
Reporting information or activity that you suspect is illegal, dishonest, or false is your right. Reportable violations could be abuse of authority, gross waste of funds, a specific danger to public health or safety, or gross mismanagement.
Social Security’s programs were originally created to serve the American public, and 80 years later they still provide critical support to people of all ages. As good stewards of the tax dollars, Social Security Administration designs its systems to protect against fraud, waste, and abuse. However, its systems can’t catch everything. And that’s where you can help. Report wrongful acts and protect lives as well as taxpayers’ dollars.
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- Ask students to comment on the statement: “Nearly 70 percent of consumers believe the Medicare program would not go broke if fraud and abuse were eliminated.”
- What would YOU do if you suspected fraud or other wrongdoings, including wasting taxpayers’ dollars?
- Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay about $887 billion in Social Security benefits to almost 60 million individuals in 2015. What specific tools the SSA uses to fight fraud and protect taxpayers’ dollars.
- How does the SSA investigate people who provide false, incomplete, or inaccurate information to defraud the government?