Beneficiaries (81 - 90 of 134 items)
Veterans' Benefits: VA Needs to Verify Medical Expenses Claimed by Pension Beneficiaries
HRD-91-94: Published: Jul 29, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined the: (1) amount of unreimbursed medical expenses that beneficiaries report to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for use in computing VA pension benefits; and (2) VA procedures for verifying such expenses.GAO found that: (1) VA is unable to determine whether the claimed medical expenses are valid or not because it does not systematically ver...
Federal Agencies Need SSA's Death Information To Avoid Erroneous Payments
T-HRD-91-6: Published: Feb 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1991.
GAO discussed federal agencies' use of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) death information to help in their efforts to remove deceased persons from their benefit rolls. GAO noted that: (1) only three federal agencies obtained and used SSA voluntarily reported death information; (2) no federal agencies received the death information SSA purchased from states, although SSA was negotiating a...
Federal Benefit Payments: Agencies Need Death Information From Social Security to Avoid Erroneous Payments
HRD-91-3: Published: Feb 6, 1991. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal agencies' use of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) death information for preventing erroneous benefit payments and the collection of overpayments.GAO found that: (1) federal agencies' lack of a timely and effective way to detect unreported beneficiary deaths caused them to pay millions of dollars in erroneous payments to deceased b...
Pension Plans: Public Plans in Four States Have Generally Similar Policies and Practices
HRD-90-133: Published: Jul 24, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 27, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on public pension plans in four states.GAO found that: (1) boards of trustees and their staffs administer public pension plans; (2) each board establishes policy and appoints a chief administrative officer responsible for hiring and overseeing the staff that carries out the plan's daily operations; (3) two plans have a single board and...
GAO's Views on an Independent Social Security Administration and the Personal Earnings and Benefit Statement
T-HRD-89-23: Published: Jun 2, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1989.
GAO presented its views on S. 216, a bill to make the Social Security Administration (SSA) an independent agency, and S. 1079, a bill to require SSA to provide personal earnings and benefit statements (PEBS) to workers covered by social security. GAO found that: (1) S. 216 would create an independent SSA headed by a three-member bipartisan board, establish a beneficiary ombudsman within SSA, and a...
The Social Security Notch Issue
T-HRD-89-2: Published: Jan 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1989.
GAO discussed its and the National Academy of Social Insurance's studies of the social security notch issue. GAO found that: (1) benefit differences arose between retiree groups of similar ages because a problem with the benefit formula instituted in 1972 led to higher benefits than expected; (2) in 1977, Congress set the replacement rate for an average earner retiring at age 65 at about 42 percen...
Retirement Income: 1984 Pension Law Will Help Some Widows but Not the Poorest
HRD-88-77: Published: Jul 11, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO analyzed the potential effects of the spousal consent provision of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 on the economic status of future widows, focusing on: (1) how many wives could gain entitlement to survivor benefits as a result of the act; (2) what economic circumstances influenced whether husbands selected survivor benefits, prior to the act; (3) to wh...
Department of Labor: Pension Plans and Corporate Takeovers
HRD-88-58: Published: Mar 31, 1988. Publicly Released: May 20, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Labor's (DOL) enforcement efforts concerning the potential misuse of pension plans in corporate takeovers.GAO found that DOL: (1) delegated responsibility for enforcing Employment Retirement Income Security Act standards to its Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA); (2) informally learned of takeover transactions from...
Social Security: Staff Reductions and Service Quality
HRD-88-97: Published: May 13, 1988. Publicly Released: May 13, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) quality of service to the public in processing benefits claims and the consistency and reliability of its processing during staff reductions.GAO found that SSA: (1) improved its processing timeliness, payment accuracy rates, and pending work-load sizes between December 1986 and December 1987; (2) decrea...
The Social Security Notch Issue
T-HRD-88-15: Published: Apr 22, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1988.
GAO discussed the social security benefits disparity, known as the notch, specifically: (1) how the notch arose; (2) how it affects beneficiaries; and (3) alternatives for financing legislation to address the problem. GAO found that: (1) Congress amended the Social Security Act in 1977 to alter the social security benefits computation formula; (2) under the new formula, retirees born in or after 1...