Disabilities (1 - 10 of 10 items)
Veterans' Benefits: Improved Operational Controls and Management Data Would Enhance VBA's Disability Reevaluation Process
GAO-08-75: Published: Dec 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2007.
To help ensure that veterans are properly compensated for disabilities, VA is required to perform disability reevaluations for specific disabilities. VA also performs reevaluations whenever it determines there is a need to verify either the continued existence or current severity of veterans' disabilities. VBA completed about 17,700 reevaluations in fiscal year 2005. GAO was asked to review the Ve...
Defense Contracts: Contracting for Military Food Services under the Randolph-Sheppard and Javits-Wagner-O'Day Programs
GAO-08-3: Published: Oct 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2007.
Randolph-Sheppard and Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) are two federal programs that provide employment for persons with disabilities through federal contracts. In 2006, participants in the two programs had contracts with the Department of Defense (DOD) worth $465 million annually to provide dining services at military dining facilities. The 2007 National Defense Authorization Act directed GAO to study...
Transportation Disadvantaged: Progress in Implementing the New Freedom Program Has Been Limited, and Better Monitoring Procedures Would Help Ensure Program Funds Are Used as Intended
GAO-07-999R: Published: Jul 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2007.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 seeks to ensure equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, transportation, and other matters. ADA sets minimum standards for the accessibility of public transportation systems. For example, for persons unable to use a fixed-route bus or rail system due to disability, transit systems must provide service within three-quarters of...
Social Security Administration: Agency Is Positioning Itself to Implement Its New Disability Determination Process, but Key Facets Are Still in Development
GAO-06-779T: Published: Jun 15, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2006.
In March 2006, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a rule that fundamentally alters the way claims for disability benefits are processed and considered. The rule establishes the Disability Service Improvement process (DSI)--intended to improve the accuracy, timeliness, consistency, and fairness of determinations. DSI's changes include an opportunity for an expedited decision during...
Military Disability Evaluation: Ensuring Consistent and Timely Outcomes for Reserve and Active Duty Service Members
GAO-06-561T: Published: Apr 6, 2006. Publicly Released: Apr 6, 2006.
The House Subcommittee on Military Personnel asked GAO to discuss the results of its recent study on the Military Disability Evaluation System. In this study, GAO determined (1) how current DOD policies and guidance for disability determinations compare for the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and what policies are specific to reserve component members of the military; (2) what oversight and quality con...
Military Disability System: Improved Oversight Needed to Ensure Consistent and Timely Outcomes for Reserve and Active Duty Service Members
GAO-06-362: Published: Mar 31, 2006. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2006.
The House Committee on Armed Services report that accompanies the National Defense Authorization Act of fiscal year 2006 directs GAO to review results of the military disability evaluation system. In response to this mandate, GAO determined: (1) how current DOD policies and guidance for disability determinations compare for the Army, Navy, and Air Force, and what policies are specific to reserve c...
Federal Disability Assistance: Wide Array of Programs Needs to be Examined in Light of 21st Century Challenges
GAO-05-626: Published: Jun 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2005.
In 2003, GAO designated modernizing federal disability programs as a high-risk area requiring urgent attention and organizational transformation to ensure that programs function as efficiently and effectively as possible. GAO found that although social attitudes have changed and medical advancements afford greater opportunities for people with disabilities to work, the Social Security Administrati...
Social Security: Adjusting Continuing Disability Review Priorities
HRD-87-4: Published: Oct 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) plans for resuming continuing disability reviews (CDR), involving the implementation of the medical improvement review standard. GAO stated its concern about the planned mix of cases SSA will send to state disability determination services (DDS).GAO found that: (1) the SSA case load for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 1986 and for FY 1987...
Controls Over Medical Examinations Necessary for the Social Security Administration To Better Determine Disability
HRD-79-119: Published: Oct 9, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1979.
In 1978 the federal disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Insurance program paid about $72 million for independent medical examinations of persons claiming disability. The need for and the quality of the medical information purchased is not well documented. Program officials do not know how often state agencies have paid for independent medical examinations which were too comp...
A Plan for Improving the Disability Determination Process by Bringing It Under Complete Federal Management Should Be Developed
HRD-78-146: Published: Aug 31, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 1978.
The most important step in considering claims for Social Security disability benefits is determining whether a claimant is disabled. State agencies carry out the disability determination process under contractual agreements with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). In 1977, about 6.7 million disability beneficiaries received disability benefits of about $14.0 billion.The means u...