Program evaluation (11 - 20 of 21 items)
Retiree Health Benefits: Majority of Sponsors Continued to Offer Prescription Drug Coverage and Chose the Retiree Drug Subsidy
GAO-07-572: Published: May 31, 2007. Publicly Released: May 31, 2007.
The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) created a prescription drug benefit for beneficiaries, called Medicare Part D, beginning in January 2006. The MMA resulted in options for sponsors of employment-based prescription drug benefits, such as a federal subsidy payment--the retiree drug subsidy (RDS)--when sponsors provide benefits meeting certain MMA requir...
Vocational Rehabilitation: Improved Information and Practices May Enhance State Agency Earnings Outcomes for SSA Beneficiaries
GAO-07-521: Published: May 23, 2007. Publicly Released: May 23, 2007.
State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, under the Department of Education (Education), play a crucial role in helping individuals with disabilities prepare for and obtain employment, including individuals receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). In a prior report (GAO-05-865), GAO found that state VR agencies varied in the rates of employment achieved for...
Vocational Rehabilitation: Earnings Increased for Many SSA Beneficiaries after Completing VR Services, but Few Earned Enough to Leave SSA's Disability Rolls
GAO-07-332: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
In 2005, about 10 million working-age people with disabilities were beneficiaries of federal income support programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA)--namely the Disability Insurance (DI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Both of these programs have grown dramatically over the past decade and the federal government's cost of providing these benefit...
Employee Benefits Security Administration: Enforcement Improvements Made but Additional Actions Could Further Enhance Pension Plan Oversight
GAO-07-22: Published: Jan 18, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2007.
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) enforces the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which sets certain minimum standards for private sector pension plans. On the basis of GAO's prior work, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions asked GAO to review EBSA's enforcement program. Specifically, this report assesses...
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...
The Results Act: Observations on the Railroad Retirement Board's September 1997 Strategic Plan
HEHS-98-13R: Published: Nov 6, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 6, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Railroad Retirement Board's (RRB) September 1997 strategic plan, focusing on: (1) RRB's compliance with the Results Act's requirements and the plan's overall quality; (2) whether the plan reflects RRB's key statutory responsibilities; (3) whether the plan identifies crosscutting functions and plans for coordination with other departments and ag...
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...
Social Security: Observations on Demonstration Interviews With Disability Claimants
HRD-88-22BR: Published: Dec 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how well the Social Security Administration (SSA) implemented and evaluated its disability determination projects.GAO found that: (1) delays in obtaining management approval for program regulations and procedures and in contracting for the projects' evaluation slowed implementation; (2) SSA plans to evaluate the demonstration projects within sta...
Use of a Separate Carrier To Process Medicare Claims for Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries
HRD-84-54: Published: Sep 26, 1984. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO updated the findings and conclusions of a previous report which recommended that the Medicare claims for physicians' and other medical services applicable to beneficiaries of the Railroad Retirement Board be processed by the same contractors that process such claims for most other Medicare beneficiaries.GAO noted that, although its recommendation concerning...
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...