Supplemental security income (21 - 27 of 27 items)
Social Security Administration--The First 6 Months of 800 Phone Service
T-HRD-89-15: Published: Apr 10, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1989.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) implementation of a nationwide toll-free telephone service. GAO found that SSA: (1) had a busy signal rate of about 17 percent during the first 3 months of its service, and rates of 43 and 35 percent during January and February 1989; (2) had a 9-percent busy signal rate in March 1989, after it implemented call routing staffing plans for peak...
Social Security: Staff Reductions and Service Quality
HRD-87-139BR: Published: Sep 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effect of staff reductions at the Social Security Administration (SSA) during the third quarter of fiscal year 1987, focusing on: (1) changes in staffing and performance for the quarter as compared to prior periods; and (2) allegations of deteriorating office performance.GAO found that: (1) SSA key performance indicators showed stable or improv...
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...
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...
GAO Recommendations for Improving the Management of Social Security Administration Programs
109035: Apr 9, 1979
A review was conducted of the efficient use of public funds and the identification of weaknesses and improvements needed in the administration of social security programs. Audit activities at the Social Security Administration indicate millions of dollars have and continue to be misspent and overall accurate figures are not available. Social Security recently established an Office of Payment Eligi...