All accumulated funds are paid to the person whose selection as payee is in effect
at the time of payment. Anyone who claims a share of the funds as reimbursement for
care of the beneficiary during months for which accrued benefits are payable should
present their claim to the current payee. See GN 00602.030 -- Claims of Creditors.
EXCEPTION: For SSI disabled children with a payee, if past due benefits (less any IAR) exceed
six times the FBR plus any federally administered optional State supplement, such
benefits must be paid into a dedicated account.
CAUTION: FO direct input of payee appointments will automatically release all accrued benefits.
If installments are needed, the PC must take the action. See GN 00603.085. Installment Payment of Accumulated or Conserved Funds -- Title II only.
Accumulated funds will be included in the first payment or paid as soon as possible
after selection of the new payee. Installment payments or temporary withholding of
accumulated funds will be made only in certain situations. Consider such factors as:
The payee's ability and experience in handling another person's funds, including plans
for using the accumulated funds,
The payee has been conditionally appointed,
The payee is friend of the beneficiary who does not have custody of the beneficiary,
Investigation of the payee raised question(s) about their suitability,
The current and foreseeable needs of the beneficiary are such that installments are
Any other reason you believe this payment arrangement may be necessary in order to
protect the best interests of the beneficiary.
If the former payee does not respond to SSA's requests or refuses to return the conserved
funds which amount to less than $3,000, develop for possible misuse of benefits. If
the amount of the conserved is $3,000 or more, refer the case to regional programs
staff for referral to the Department of Justice for possible civil suit. See GN 02215.150 -- When a Title II/Black Lung Debt is Referred for Civil Suit.