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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,...
Social Security Reform: Analysis of a Trust Fund Exhaustion Scenario
GAO-03-907: Published: Jul 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2003.
Social Security is an important social insurance program affecting virtually every American family. It is the foundation of the nation's retirement income system and also provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivors' benefits. Over the long term, as the baby boom generation retires, Social Security's financing shortfall presents a major solvency and sustainability challen...
Social Security Reform: Analysis of a Trust Fund Exhaustion Scenario Illustrates the Difficult Choices and the Need for Early Action
GAO-03-1038T: Published: Jul 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2003.
Social Security is an important social insurance program affecting virtually every American family. It is the foundation of the nation's retirement income system and also provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivors' benefits. Over the long term, as the baby boom generation retires, Social Security's financing shortfall presents a major program solvency and sustainability...
SSA Benefit Estimate Statement: Adding Rate of Return Information May Not Be Appropriate
HEHS-98-228: Published: Sep 2, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the recent proposal that would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to place on the Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statements (PEBES) an individualized estimate of the rates of return workers receive on their contributions to the Social Security program, focusing on the: (1) general implications of using a rate of return for soc...
Income Security Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-97-11(2): Published: Apr 15, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Income Security issue area as of April 15, 1997...
Social Security Administration: Leadership Challenges Accompany Transition to an Independent Agency
HEHS-95-59: Published: Feb 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO: (1) evaluated the Social Security Administration's (SSA) and Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) transition plans; and (2) identified some of the policy changes SSA will face as an independent agency.GAO found that: (1) SSA and HHS have progressed towards the goal of SSA functioning as an independent agency; (2) HHS has successfully identified...
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...
Social Security: Sustained Effort Needed to Improve Management and Prepare for the Future
HRD-94-22: Published: Oct 27, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1993.
GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) current and future operations, focusing on SSA progress in improving its strategic planning, information resource, human resource, and financial management systems.GAO found that: (1) SSA needs to improve its strategic planning process, establish accountability and evaluation systems, modernize its computer systems, resolve pro...
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...
Social Security Funds: Additional Measures Could More Fully Indicate the System's Financial Condition
PEMD-88-11: Published: Feb 5, 1988. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1988.
GAO developed actuarial measures that the Social Security Administration (SSA) could use to document the financial condition of the combined Old-Age Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Fund.GAO found that: (1) the 1987 SSA trustees' report to Congress indicated that the OASDI Trust Fund was in close actuarial balance, since expenditures were within 5 percent of income averaged over th...