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Social Security Administration Field Offices: Reduced Workforce Faces Challenges as Baby Boomers Retire
GAO-08-737T: Published: May 8, 2008. Publicly Released: May 8, 2008.
Millions of people rely on the services of Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices. In fiscal year 2007, SSA's approximately 1,300 field offices provided service to about 42 million customers. People use these offices to apply for Social Security cards, apply for retirement and disability benefits, establish direct deposit, and a host of other services. While customers may conduct their...
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...
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...
Social Security: Quality of Services Generally Rated High by Clients Sampled
HRD-86-8: Published: Jan 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 1986.
GAO conducted a survey of clients of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs to ascertain their opinions of the quality of SSA services.GAO sent questionnaires to 1,680 SSA clients, asking them to rate SSA services and to compare SSA to other government agencies, and found that: (1) 78 percent r...
Social Security Administration's Beneficiary Rehabilitation Program
HRD-81-22: Published: Nov 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1980.
GAO reviewed the Beneficiary Rehabilitation Program (BRP) of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The primary purpose of BRP is to provide savings to the trust funds by returning as many disabled beneficiaries as possible to the work force, thereby terminating their social security disability benefits. GAO focused on the question of whether available data could be used to determine the progra...
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...