The Electronic Representative Payee System (eRPS) is an online system used to take
and process representative payee applications. It also helps the Agency fulfill its
legal duty to investigate applicants to determine if their payee appointments are
in the best interest of the beneficiaries by providing known information about payee
applicants so that you can make well informed payee selection decisions.
The eRPS data on payees and the beneficiaries they serve will be useful to adjudicators
in processing subsequent actions as well. Therefore, it is important to maintain its
accuracy and to update it with any significant findings about a payee (e.g. misuse).
Refer to GN 00502.132 for a discussion of the remarks you may see when you take an application through
the eRPS and what these remarks mean.
Processing the payee application in the eRPS will help you accomplish much of the
development required when investigating the suitability of a payee applicant. Some
of the required development the system will facilitate includes:
verification of SSN and EIN,
verification of receipt of Social Security and Supplemental Security benefits,
whether the person has been convicted of a violation of sections 208, 811 or 1632(a)
of the Social Security Act, and
whether the person has a history of criminal activity, poor payee performance or misuse.