Federal social security programs (91 - 100 of 125 items)
Social Security: Telephone Access to Local Field Offices
HRD-91-112: Published: Sep 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the: (1) changes in the number of available telephone lines and staffing at certain Social Security Administration (SSA) offices between September 1989 and May 1991; and (2) status of SSA actions to implement the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA) which requires SSA to maintain the public's telephone access to local o...
Debt Management: More Aggressive Actions Needed to Reduce Billions in Overpayments
HRD-91-46: Published: Jul 9, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on debt management practices at the Social Security Administration (SSA), Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).GAO found that: (1) SSA has made little progress in controlling and collecting benefit overpayments, with its collection rate remaining at about 28 perce...
Social Security: Information About the Accuracy of Earnings Records
HRD-91-89FS: Published: Apr 19, 1991. Publicly Released: May 22, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on studies concerning: (1) the accuracy of the earning records that the Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains; and (2) whether certain workers are more likely to have errors in their earnings records than others.GAO found that: (1) the chances of SSA recording a wage report to the wrong account, or in a different amount than re...
Social Security Downsizing: Significant Savings but Some Service Quality and Operational Problems
HRD-91-63: Published: Mar 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA): (1) efforts in reducing its staff by 21 percent between fiscal years 1985 and 1990; and (2) ability to maintain adequate service quality throughout the downsizing period.GAO found that: (1) SSA timely completed its staff reduction and achieved $1.9 billion in cost savings for the 6-year period, with expec...
Social Security: Restoration of Telephone Access to Local SSA Offices
HRD-91-76FS: Published: Mar 5, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1991.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA): (1) policy for directing the public to either the nationwide toll-free telephone service or to local field offices; (2) plans for publishing local office telephone numbers and addresses; (3) changes in available telephone lines and equipment since September 1989; and (4) staffing levels f...
Social Security: Analysis of a Proposal to Privatize Trust Fund Reserves
HRD-91-22: Published: Dec 12, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a congressional proposal to create a new system of Individual Social Security Retirement Accounts (ISSRA), in which workers could place accumulated social security reserves for private-sector investment.GAO found that: (1) the proposal's effect on national saving was unclear; (2) ISSRA could be integrated with the existing progressive benefit struc...
Social Security: SSA Could Save Millions by Targeting Reviews of State Disability Decisions
HRD-90-28: Published: Mar 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1990.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) effectiveness in evaluating state disability determination services' (DDS) disability determinations.GAO found that: (1) in 1988, SSA reviews saved an estimated $69 million in disability payments but only corrected about 10.5 percent of erroneous DDS allowances; (2) SSA did not have enough medical personnel to evaluate all the cases that it s...
The Question of Rolling Back the Payroll Tax: Unmasking the Deficit Illusion
T-HRD-90-10: Published: Feb 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1990.
GAO discussed a congressional proposal to decrease the Social Security payroll tax. GAO noted that: (1) the use of Social Security surpluses to decrease the federal budget deficit masks the fundamental budget deficit problem and encourages avoidance of difficult fiscal choices needed to reduce the general fund deficit; (2) the congressional proposal would not decrease Social Security benefits; (3)...
Private Pensions: Plan Provisions Differ Between Large and Small Employers
HRD-89-105BR: Published: Sep 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO studied private pension plans, focusing on the: (1) differing pension plan options that employers chose within the limits of the law in 1985; and (2) effects of Tax Reform Act of 1986 rule changes on plans and participants.GAO found that: (1) four out of five pension plans used some combination of age and service to determine worker eligibility for plan p...
Social Security: Leadership Structure for an Independent Social Security Administration
HRD-89-154: Published: Sep 13, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 13, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the use of boards to direct the operations of federal agencies, focusing on the appropriate management structure for the Social Security Administration (SSA) as an independent agency.GAO found that: (1) the board form of organization did not prove effective in providing stable leadership, insulating decisions from political pressures, or ensuring...