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Civil Rights: Additional Actions in Pigford II Claims Process Could Reduce Risk of Improper Determinations
GAO-13-69R: Published: Dec 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2012.
The parties charged with carrying out the terms of the Pigford II settlement agreement have created numerous internal control measures designed to balance various interests including accuracy, efficiency, and cost. Many of these measures serve to identify and deny fraudulent or otherwise invalid claims. For example, the parties conduct iterative reviews of each claim and identify potential fraud c...
Social Security Administration: Systems Support Could Improve Processing Attorney Fee Payments in the Disability Program
GAO-01-710T: Published: May 17, 2001. Publicly Released: May 17, 2001.
To ensure that people claiming disability insurance program benefits can obtain legal representation at a fair price, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to regulate the fees that attorneys charge people to represent their disability claims before the agency. Balancing the needs of the claimants with those of their attorneys, the law limits the amount of fees that attorneys can ch...
Social Security: Issues in Comparing Rates of Return With Market Investments
HEHS-99-110: Published: Aug 5, 1999. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) examined the estimates of social security's implicit rates of return for different birth years, earning levels, household configurations, and other demographic groupings; (2) examined rates of return available on private market investments; and (3) discussed the issues that arise from comparing social security and market investment returns.GAO noted th...
Indian Self-Determination Act: Shortfalls in Indian Contract Support Costs Need To Be Addressed
RCED-99-150: Published: Jun 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) and the Indian Health Service's (IHS) management of contract support funding under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, focusing on: (1) to what extent and for what reasons contract support costs and the associated funding shortfalls changed over the past decade, and what c...
Bilingual Voting Assistance: Assistance Provided and Costs
GGD-97-81: Published: May 9, 1997. Publicly Released: May 9, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed aspects of the implementation of bilingual language provisons of the Voting Rights Act, focusing on: (1) the types of assistance jurisdictions provided for the 1996 general election; and (2) actual cost that covered jurisdictions incurred to provide bilingual voting assistance in 1996 and prior years, if available.GAO noted that: (1) of the 292 jur...
CDR Process Could Be Enhanced
HEHS-94-212R: Published: Jul 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new process for conducting continuing disability reviews (CDR). GAO found that: (1) SSA could reliably base its decisions on when to conduct full medical examinations on beneficiary self-reported data in combination with other key SSA information; (2) SSA has taken steps to assess the reliability of its se...
Social Security: Reforms in the Disability Determination and Appeals Process
T-HRD-91-24: Published: May 2, 1991. Publicly Released: May 2, 1991.
GAO discussed efforts to improve the initial decisionmaking process regarding social security disability claims, and to explore reasons why the Social Security Administration (SSA) allowed many claims only after administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings. GAO noted that: (1) SSA quality assurance review data indicated a decline in the quality of state disability decisions, particularly those denying...
[Comments on Interim Rule Amending FAR Public Works Funding Restrictions and Allowability of Promotional Costs]
B-231152: Published: Jun 10, 1988. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1988.
GAO commented on an interim rule that would amendthe Federal Acquisition Regulation to: (1) preclude the use of appropriated funds to enter into construction contracts with firms from countries discrimination against U.S. firms in acquisitions; and (2) permit the reimbursement of reasonable costs incurred to promote American aerospace exports at domestic and international exhibits. GAO had no obje...
The Job Training Partnership Act: An Analysis of Support Cost Limits and Participant Characteristics
HRD-86-16: Published: Nov 6, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of the Job Training Partnership Act's (JTPA) participant support cost limitations on the quality of training to determine: (1) the differences in the characteristics of participants; (2) how many service delivery areas requested and received waivers on support cost limitations; (3) the number of service delivery areas providing needs-bas...
Comments on the Economic Implications of the Exon Amendment to the Fair Insurance Practices Act
OCE-84-7: Published: Aug 27, 1984. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on the economic implications of a proposed amendment to S. 372, the Fair Insurance Practices Act. As originally introduced, S. 372 would have required that sex-distinct premiums and benefits in existing and future insurance and pension contracts be equalized. While the amendment would continue to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, relig...