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Coats: Federal Payments To Dead People Must Stop
Updated March 17, 2016 10:23 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Senator Dan Coats highlighted $27.6 million dollars in federal payments made to dead people during his weekly "Waste of the Week" speech.

A Government Accountability Office report found that, between 2008 and 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture made $27.6 million in payments for conservation, disaster relief and crop subsidies to dead people.

Coats says all federal payments should be matched against the Master Death File, a list maintained by the Social Security Administration, to ensure that only people who are alive and eligible actually receive benefits.

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