Federal social security programs (111 - 120 of 125 items)
Improving the Quality of Social Security Administration Notices
HRD-85-96: Published: Aug 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Clear Notices Project to determine whether: (1) improved notices are likely to result from the effort; and (2) more could be done to help produce clear notices.GAO found that 5 of the 12 initiatives of the project, which was established in April 1984 and is scheduled to end September 30, 1986, have been completed. The completed initiatives in...
GAO's Views on H.R. 825, a Bill To Make the Social Security Administration an Independent Agency
126772: Apr 23, 1985
GAO presented views on a bill to make the Social Security Administration (SSA) an independent agency, focusing on whether the management and operation of SSA would be improved by making it an independent agency. GAO found that the bill's provisions would: (1) remove the Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs from the Department of Health and H...
Recommendations of National Commission on Social Security Reform
120701: Feb 18, 1983
Testimony was given concerning the recommendations of the National Commission on Social Security Reform for resolving the short- and long-range problems of the social security trust funds. The Commission suggested options which it believes will resolve the entire short-term deficit and about two-thirds of the long-term deficit. GAO recognized that, if economic conditions prove to be less favorable...
Revising Social Security Benefit Formula Which Favors Short-Term Workers Could Save Billions
HRD-81-53: Published: Apr 14, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1981.
Short-term workers have contributed a relatively small amount of social security tax because they have had little work in covered employment. However, they receive a higher return on their contribution than the average wage earner because of the benefit formula used to attain the program's social adequacy objectives. This advantage is created by spreading the worker's covered earnings over a lifet...
Reissuing Tamper-Resistant Cards Will Not Eliminate Misuse of Social Security Numbers
HRD-81-20: Published: Dec 23, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1981.
The social security number (SSN) has become a widespread means of identification in the United States. As its use as an identifier has grown, so has the opportunity for its misuse, often to fraudulently obtain employment or monetary benefits. GAO reported on whether there is a need for redesigning and reissuing tamper-resistant social security cards to prevent misuse of the card, and the appropria...
Implementing GAO's Recommendations on the Social Security Administration's Programs Could Save Billions
HRD-81-37: Published: Dec 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1980.
Income security programs account for over one-third of the federal budget. The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers some of the largest income security programs, including Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). GAO has issued numerous reports recommending changes in SSA income security progra...
The Lump Sum Death Benefit--Should It Be Changed?
HRD-80-87: Published: Aug 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1980.
Social security has paid more than $6 billion in lump-sum death benefits since 1940, the first year payments were made. The original concept of lump-sum death benefits was to provide a return on the social security contributions of wage earners. However, the concept has been changed to include a modest payment toward the costs associated with death. Various proposals have been made to eliminate, o...
Controls Over Medical Examinations Necessary for the Social Security Administration To Better Determine Disability
HRD-79-119: Published: Oct 9, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 1979.
In 1978 the federal disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Insurance program paid about $72 million for independent medical examinations of persons claiming disability. The need for and the quality of the medical information purchased is not well documented. Program officials do not know how often state agencies have paid for independent medical examinations which were too comp...
Funding of State and Local Government Pension Plans: A National Problem
HRD-79-66: Published: Aug 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1979.
Congress is considering establishing federal standards for state and local government pension plans similar to those imposed on private plans by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The act generally provides that the minimum standard for pension funding by private employers be an annual contribution for normal costs plus the amount needed to amortize current unfunded liabilities i...
Social Security Student Benefits for Postsecondary Students Should Be Discontinued
HRD-79-108: Published: Aug 30, 1979. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1979.
A review was made of the student benefit program to see if it is an unnecessary burden upon the overall Social Security system, and thus upon taxpayers supporting the system. The following major Office of Education programs comprise the student benefit program in Social Security: Basic Educational Opportunity Grant, Guaranteed Student Loan, National Direct Student Loan, College Work-Study, Supplem...