Federal social security programs (81 - 90 of 125 items)
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...
Income Security: Reports Issued During 1990-92 and Testimonies Delivered in 1992
HRD-93-80: Published: Mar 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 1, 1993.
GAO presented a listing of reports and testimonies it issued from 1990 through 1992 on income security issues.GAO presented summaries of its income security reports issued from July through December 1992. GAO also presented a list of additional products, issued between 1990 and 1992, relating to such issues as: (1) financing retirement programs; (2) breaking the poverty cycle; (3) safeguarding pri...
Social Security: Causes of Increased Overpayments, 1986 to 1989
HRD-92-107: Published: Sep 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) management of debt collection efforts, focusing on: (1) the general causes of and reasons for increases in benefit overpayments; (2) the average amounts and overall range of overpayments and characteristics of individuals who receive overpayments; and (3) whether staff reductions contributed...
Social Security: Reconciliation Improved SSA Earnings Records, but Efforts Were Incomplete
HRD-92-81: Published: Sep 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the efforts of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to correct accuracy problems in SSA earnings records, focusing on: (1) SSA and IRS actions under their memorandum of understanding (MOU) and their adequacy; (2) whether SSA and IRS have met their MOU commitments; (3) the outcome of the reconciliation effo...
SSA Pilot for Centralized Folder Storage
IMTEC-92-75R: Published: Aug 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1992.
GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to create a centralized claim folder storage facility for its storage and retrieval pilot project. GAO noted that: (1) SSA processes and stores about 28 million claims folders, at an estimated annual cost of $81 million; (2) the folder pilot will help determine the cost-effectiveness of centralized file storage and the...
Income Security: Reports Issued From FY 1988 Through June 1992
HRD-92-122: Published: Jul 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1992.
GAO presented a listing of reports it issued between fiscal year 1988 and June 1992 on income security issues.GAO presented summaries of its income security reports issued between January 1992 and June 1992. GAO also presented a list of additional products relating to such issues as: (1) financing retirement programs; (2) breaking the poverty cycle; (3) safeguarding private and other employee bene...
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...
Public Pension Offset
GGD-92-15R: Published: May 15, 1992. Publicly Released: May 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Public Pension Offset, a provision of the Social Security Act which reduces social security benefits for those federal and other government retirees who are entitled to social security benefits as spouses of social security recipients. GAO noted that: (1) the offset provision reduces survivor benefits by $2 for every $3 of public...
Social Security: Measure of Telephone Service Accuracy Can Be Improved
HRD-91-69: Published: Aug 30, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the accuracy of information provided to the public through the Social Security Administration's (SSA) toll-free telephone service.GAO found that: (1) SSA telephone service study results were unreliable, since its study guidelines did not establish clear criteria for evaluating response accuracy and SSA did not record the telephone conversations sa...