Treasury has 18 months to reclaim money paid over a forged signature in nonreceipt/forgery
cases. This does not change the requirement that nonreceipt must
be alleged within 12 months of the date of the missing
check. By sending the claim to Treasury, we ensure that Treasury is able to reclaim the
funds if a forgery exists. With that in mind, Treasury can accept the nonreceipt input
into the 13th month (but the actual "allegation" has to be timely, i.e., within 12 months of the
date of the check). Sometimes delays occur due to the timing of the allegation or
an administrative error on SSA’s part. It is possible for Treasury to act on a claim
received after the 13th month, but we must ask Treasury to input the stop because the action rejects in SSA
systems due to limited payability. The Regional Office (RO) for Title XVI and the
Processing Center (PC) for Title II contact Treasury’s Check Claims Branch (CCB) for
13th month input requests.
NOTE: For timely allegations of nonreceipt that are sent to Treasury in the 13th month,
watch for the disposition code to make sure it processed correctly. This may require
assistance from Treasury’s Check Claims Branch (CCB) if it rejects.