Social security benefits (11 - 20 of 22 items)
Social Security: Individual Accounts as an Element of Long-Term Financing Reform
T-HEHS-99-86: Published: Mar 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed how best to ensure the long-term viability of the nation's social security program.GAO noted that: (1) social security forms the foundation of the nation's retirement income structure, and in so doing, provides critical benefits to millions of Americans; (2) yet, problems facing this program pose significant policy challenges that need to be addre...
Social Security Administration: SSA Needs to Act Now to Assure World-Class Service
T-HRD-94-46: Published: Oct 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1993.
GAO discussed the management of the Social Security Administration (SSA), focusing on actions that SSA should take to provide high-quality service to its beneficiaries. GAO noted that: (1) over the next 10 to 20 years, increasing numbers of claims from the baby boom generation will cause SSA workloads to significantly increase; (2) SSA needs to take several actions to improve its long-range planni...
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...
Mail Management: Improved Social Security Mail Management Could Reduce Postage Costs
GGD-91-34: Published: Feb 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 18, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effectiveness of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) mail management program.GAO found that: (1) SSA initiated such mail cost reduction measures as presorting its beneficiary checks and some computer-generated mailings through the Department of the Treasury's Financial Management Service, private printing contractors, and presorting serv...
Social Security: The Notch Issue
HRD-88-62: Published: Mar 24, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the disparity of social security benefits, known as the notch, between classes of recipients, resulting from the Social Security Amendments of 1977, specifically: (1) how the notch arose; (2) its effect on beneficiaries; (3) the financial implications of some proposed notch legislation; and (4) the socioeconomic characteristics of affected social s...
Social Security Actuarial Projections
HRD-83-92: Published: Sep 30, 1983. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1983.
This study examined past Social Security Administration (SSA) actuarial projections of the future long-range financial status of the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance (OASDI) trust funds. The study focused on the integrity of the demographic and economic assumptions, the actuarial methods, and the actuaries' professional independence.The evidence gathered neither proved nor disproved th...
Retirement and Unemployment Insurance Programs of the Railroad Retirement Board
121261: May 3, 1983
Testimony was given concerning proposed legislation that would improve the financial condition of the railroad retirement and unemployment programs. GAO also described how the system operates and how it is tied to social security and discussed past GAO proposals to improve the railroad retirement program's financial condition. The railroad retirement program involves benefits similar to those avai...
Keeping the Railroad Retirement Program on Track--Government and Railroads Should Clarify Roles and Responsibilities
HRD-81-27: Published: Mar 9, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1981.
The railroad retirement program is the only federally administered pension plan for a private industry. Funds to finance the program consist of taxes paid by railroad workers and employers, transfers from social security trust funds, and general revenue appropriations from the Federal Government. A review was performed of the Federal role in providing financial assistance to the program and the al...
Development and Administration of Pension Policies
113754: Nov 14, 1980
Federal retirement programs have not received the management attention they deserve, in view of their importance and tremendous costs. The systems have evolved without overall policy guidance. The programs have developed on an independent, piecemeal basis, resulting in a patchwork of systems providing inconsistent and different benefits to various groups of employees. An overall, coherent, coordin...
Social Security Administration's Beneficiary Rehabilitation Program
HRD-81-22: Published: Nov 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 1980.
GAO reviewed the Beneficiary Rehabilitation Program (BRP) of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The primary purpose of BRP is to provide savings to the trust funds by returning as many disabled beneficiaries as possible to the work force, thereby terminating their social security disability benefits. GAO focused on the question of whether available data could be used to determine the progra...