H.R.4547 – Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017

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H.R.4547 – Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017


HR 4547 amends titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act to improve and strengthen the representative payment program.

The bill looks to oversee more closely the relationship between a Social Security beneficiary and a person (Representative Payee) who oversees the beneficiaries financial assets.

Grants up to $25 million will be paid to state organizations to conduct all periodic onsite reviews pursuant to this bill and such other reviews of representative payees as the Commissioner may request, including reviews conducted in response to allegations or concerns about the performance or suitability of the payee and conduct additional reviews that the protection and advocacy system has reason to believe are warranted.

An individual who is entitled to or is an applicant for a benefit under this title, title VIII, or title XVI, who has attained 18 years of age or is an emancipated minor, may, at any time, designate one or more other individuals to serve as a representative payee for such individual in the event that the Commissioner of Social Security determines under subparagraph (A) that the interest of such individual would be served by certification for payment of such benefits to which the individual is entitled to a representative payee. If the Commissioner of Social Security makes such a determination with respect to such individual at any time after such designation has been made, the Commissioner shall—

“(I) certify payment of such benefits to the designated individual, subject to the requirements of paragraph (2); or

“(II) if the Commissioner determines that certification for payment of such benefits to the designated individual would not satisfy the requirements of paragraph (2), that the designated individual is unwilling or unable to serve as representative payee, or that other good cause exists, certify payment of such benefits to another individual or organization, in accordance with paragraph (1).

 (Full text of H.R. 4547 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] (Introduced 12/05/2017)

Status: passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 396 – 0 (Roll no. 51)

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Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

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Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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