January 19, 2016
The Social Security Administration uses Cooperative Disability Investigation (“CDI) Units to investigate potential fraud. The CDI units work with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) as well as state and local law enforcement agencies. Such investigations take place during the entire application process, and also during continuing disability reviews. Investigations can be generated by state agency employees, SSA employees, private citizens, anonymous sources, and law enforcement agencies. During the investigation, the CDI Unit can interview the application, interview third parties, conduct surveillance, and/or examine the claimant’s social media accounts. It appears such investigations are expanding.