Disability benefits (11 - 20 of 26 items)
Social Security Reform: Issues for Disability and Dependent Benefits
GAO-08-26: Published: Oct 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2007.
Many recent Social Security reform proposals to improve program solvency include elements that would reduce benefits currently scheduled for future recipients. To date, debate has focused primarily on the potential impact on retirees, with less attention to the effects on other Social Security recipients, such as disabled workers and dependents. As these beneficiaries may have fewer alternative so...
Social Security Administration: Better Planning Could Make the Ticket Program More Effective
GAO-05-248: Published: Mar 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2005.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the two largest federal disability benefit programs and made approximately $75 billion in payments to about 8 million beneficiaries (ages 18 through 64) in 2003. Given the size of its programs, even small improvements in SSA's ability to return beneficiaries to work offer the potential for significant savings. Until recently, Social Security benefic...
Disability Insurance: SSA Should Strengthen Its Efforts to Detect and Prevent Overpayments
GAO-04-929: Published: Sep 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 2004.
The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Disability Insurance (DI) program is one of the nation's largest cash assistance programs for disabled workers. In fiscal year 2003, the DI program provided about $70 billion in financial assistance to approximately 7.5 million disabled workers, their spouses, and dependent children. This program has grown in recent years and is poised to grow further as...
Social Security: Reform Proposals Could Have a Variety of Effects on Distribution of Benefits and Payroll Taxes
GAO-04-872T: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
Under the current Social Security benefit formula, retired workers can receive benefits at age 65 that equal about 50 percent of preretirement earnings for an illustrative low-wage worker but only about 30 percent for an illustrative high-wage worker. Factors other than earnings also influence the distribution of benefits, including the program's provisions for disabled workers, spouses, children,...
Military and Veterans' Benefits: Observations on the Concurrent Receipt of Military Retirement and VA Disability Compensation
GAO-03-575T: Published: Mar 27, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2003.
Because pending legislation would modify current law, which requires that military retirement pay be reduced by the amount of VA disability compensation benefit received, the Subcommittee on Personnel, Senate Committee on Armed Services asked GAO to discuss the treatment of concurrent benefit receipt in other programs. GAO was also asked to discuss its broader work on federal disability programs.T...
Social Security: Issues in Evaluating Reform Proposals
GAO-02-288T: Published: Dec 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the long-term viability of the Social Security program. Social Security's Trust Funds will not be exhausted until 2038, but the trustees now project that the program's cash demands on the rest of the federal government will begin much sooner. Aiming for sustainable solvency would increase the chance that future policymakers would not have to face these difficult questions...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Issues Associated With Changing Benefits for Older Beneficiaries
GGD-96-138BR: Published: Aug 14, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues related to possible changes to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA), focusing on: (1) a profile of long-term FECA beneficiaries; (2) supporting and opposing views on changing FECA benefits for retirement-age beneficiaries; and (3) issues for congressional consideration in revising FECA benefits.GAO found that: (1) in June 1995, per...
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: New Continuing Disability Review Process Could Be Enhanced
HEHS-94-118: Published: Jun 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new continuing disability review (CDR) process, focusing on: (1) the reliability of beneficiary self-reported data; (2) SSA procedures for determining when to do full medical CDR; (3) the cost of the new mailer process compared with the cost of the historical CDR process; and (4) SSA plans to further evalu...
Social Security: Disability Rolls Keep Growing, While Explanations Remain Elusive
HEHS-94-34: Published: Feb 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the recent growth in social security disability insurance (DI) program beneficiaries, focusing on: (1) the reasons for the increase in DI beneficiaries; and (2) what information is needed to evaluate the program's potential for future growth.GAO found that: (1) the Social Security Administration (SSA) has forecasted that DI rolls will increase to o...