SOCIAL SECURITY WITHHELD PAYMENTS

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The Social Security Administration today announced plans to reimburse hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans whose benefits were short an annual average of about $100. The agency recently discovered the mistake -- attributed to a computer glitch dating back 16 years -- in its computer software and is in the process of identifying 426,000 senior citizens whose retirement checks were short an average of $10 a month, some for up to a decade, the Associated Press reports. Social Security officials say they'll notify and repay all those shortchanged, payments that could total $478.5 million. The agency will pay survivors and estates of retirees who have died.Post your opinion on theWashingtonbulletin board.