State Sen. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) testified at the Social Security hearing on Wednesday.

The head of the Social Security Administration said Wednesday the agency has been sending about 1 million people a year notices that they were paid benefits to which they were not entitled, and she said she has ordered a "top-to-bottom, comprehensive review" of how the agency deals with such overpayments.

Kilolo Kijakazi, the acting commissioner, testified at a congressional hearing at which House members faulted the agency for issuing billions of dollars of payments in error and then, often much later, demanding that beneficiaries pay the money back.

"Ordinary citizens are being punished for a government failure," said Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), citing a recent investigation by KFF Health News and Cox Media Group.

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