Beneficiaries (71 - 80 of 134 items)
Social Security: Need to Improve Postentitlement Service to the Public
HRD-93-21: Published: May 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined the amount of time it takes the Social Security Administration (SSA) to process requests for services from social security beneficiaries, which include replacing lost or stolen checks, converting spouses to survivors' status, and making address changes to checks.GAO found that: (1) SSA receives 500,000 reports a year from beneficiaries claiming t...
Social Security: Rising Disability Rolls Raise Questions That Must Be Answered
T-HRD-93-15: Published: Apr 22, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
GAO discussed the status of the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. GAO noted that: (1) the rate at which insured persons apply for benefits has grown since 1989, and almost half of DI applicants receive benefits; (2) the program has evolved so that new beneficiaries are younger, suffer from mental impairments and receive Supplemental Security Income to supplement their DI benefi...
Social Security: Telephone Busy Signal Rates at Local SSA Field Offices
HRD-93-49: Published: Mar 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) local office telephone busy signal rates to determine how readily callers can reach SSA offices that restored local telephone service.GAO found that: (1) overall, the busy signal rate was 47.3 percent for 834 SSA offices; (2) there was little variation by day of the week or time of day; (3) offices that re...
Pension Plans: Benefits Lost When Plans Terminate
T-HRD-92-58: Published: Sep 24, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1992.
GAO discussed how pension plan termination affects plan participants. GAO noted that: (1) despite federal insurance protections, participants in underfunded plans that terminate risk losing promised benefits; (2) although the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) guarantees certain basic pension benefits, it does not guarantee all benefits that plans promise; (3) PBGC will pay benefits that...
Social Security: Reporting and Processing of Death Information Should Be Improved
HRD-92-88: Published: Sep 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) process for obtaining information on deceased beneficiaries and terminating benefits payments, focusing on: (1) how long family members, states, and others take to report deaths to SSA; (2) the amount of time SSA takes to terminate payments once a death is reported; (3) whether delays in rep...
Comments on the Social Security Notch Issue
T-HRD-92-46: Published: Jul 23, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 1992.
GAO discussed its: (1) work on the "notch" disparity in Social Security benefits; and (2) belief that Congress made the right decision in not advancing notch legislation. GAO noted that: (1) other studies have confirmed and supported its original analysis and findings; (2) the notch group is not worse off compared to other beneficiaries; (3) the notch is an artifact of the corrected wage-indexed f...
Employee Benefits: Financing Health Benefits of Coal Industry Retirees
HRD-92-137FS: Published: Jul 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding proposed legislation for coal industry retirees' health benefits and existing pension trusts, focusing on: (1) the characteristics of the trusts' beneficiaries, (2) the benefits provided, and (3) the present and projected financial condition of the trusts.GAO found that: (1) there were deficits in the industry's pension and be...
Social Security: Beneficiary Payment for Representative Payee Services
HRD-92-112: Published: Jun 29, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of the fee that nonprofit organizations collect from Social Security beneficiaries for providing representative payee services.GAO found that the majority of the organizations participating in the representative payee program: (1) believed that the fee program would encourage organizations to become payees and exi...
Women's Pensions: Recent Legislation Generally Improved Pension Entitlement and Increased Benefits
T-HRD-92-20: Published: Mar 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the results of its studies on women's pension issues, focusing on: (1) the impact of the vesting and benefit distribution provisions under the Tax Reform Act of 1986; (2) widows' receipt of survivor pension income and the impact of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 on their access to those benefits; (3) the role of the private pension system in improving the economic condition of poo...
Pension Plans: Survivor Benefit Coverage for Wives Increased After 1984 Pension Law
HRD-92-49: Published: Feb 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on survivor pension benefits for widowed individuals, focusing on: (1) the prevalence of survivor pension benefits; (2) the relative size of survivor benefits received by widowed men and women; (3) the rate at which married pension retirees are retaining a joint and survivor (J&S) annuities; and (4) whether the rate of J&S annuity reten...