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Social Security Administration: Significant Challenges Await New Commissioner
HEHS-97-53: Published: Feb 20, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 1997.
GAO reviewed the challenges facing the new Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA).GAO found that: (1) SSA is ahead of many federal agencies in developing strategic plans, measuring its service to the public, and producing complete, accurate, and timely financial statements; (2) this gives SSA a sound base from which to manage significant current and future challenges; (3) these c...
Health, Education, Employment, Social Security, Welfare, and Veterans Reports
HEHS-97-39W: Published: Nov 1, 1996. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1996.
GAO presented a listing and selected summaries of reports and testimonies issued in October 1996 and a listing of reports issued in July 1996 through October 1996 relating to such issues as: (1) health; (2) education; (3) social security, disability, and welfare benefits; and (4) veterans' affairs and military health care...
Income Security Issues Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-96
IAP-95-33: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Income Security Issues issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 and 1996.GAO plans to: (1) identify cost-saving opportunities in welfare, disability, and child support programs; (2) reduce fraud and abuse in disability programs through computer matching and fraud prevention programs; (3) examine ways to remove medically improved individuals from disability rolls; (4) identify ways t...
Social Security: New Functional Assessments for Children Raise Eligibility Questions
HEHS-95-66: Published: Mar 10, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effects of the judicially mandated individualized functional assessment (IFA) process on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, focusing on: (1) allegations that parents may be coaching their children to fake mental impairments to qualify under the lower eligibility standards created by IFA; and (2) how IFA affects the children's eligibil...
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...
CDR Process Could Be Enhanced
HEHS-94-212R: Published: Jul 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new process for conducting continuing disability reviews (CDR). GAO found that: (1) SSA could reliably base its decisions on when to conduct full medical examinations on beneficiary self-reported data in combination with other key SSA information; (2) SSA has taken steps to assess the reliability of its se...
Social Security: New Continuing Disability Review Process Could Be Enhanced
HEHS-94-118: Published: Jun 27, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new continuing disability review (CDR) process, focusing on: (1) the reliability of beneficiary self-reported data; (2) SSA procedures for determining when to do full medical CDR; (3) the cost of the new mailer process compared with the cost of the historical CDR process; and (4) SSA plans to further evalu...
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: Continuing Disability Review Process Improved, But More Targeted Reviews Needed
T-HEHS-94-121: Published: Mar 10, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1994.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new process for conducting continuing disability reviews (CDR) using computer profiling and beneficiary-reported data. GAO noted that: (1) although SSA is required to conduct CDR every 3 years, it is not legally required to perform CDR of individual supplemental security income (SSI) disability beneficiaries; (2) approximately $1.4 billion i...
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...