Disability benefits (31 - 40 of 51 items)
Social Security: Selective Face-to-Face Interviews With Disability Claimants Could Reduce Appeals
HRD-89-22: Published: Apr 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on certain aspects of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) appeals process, including: (1) the reasons for administrative law judges' (ALJ) high reversal rates for state disability determination services' (DDS) decisions; and (2) suggestions for improving the SSA appeal process.GAO reviewed state DDS decisions for 1986, and fou...
Social Security: Time Required to Approve and Pay Attorney Fees Can Be Reduced
HRD-89-7: Published: Oct 18, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement and a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) fee payment procedures for attorneys representing claimants' denied social security disability benefits, to: (1) identify obstacles to the timely payment of the fees; (2) provide information on claimants' access to attorneys; and (3) provide information on attorney fees and ch...
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...
Social Security: Observations on Demonstration Interviews With Disability Claimants
HRD-88-22BR: Published: Dec 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how well the Social Security Administration (SSA) implemented and evaluated its disability determination projects.GAO found that: (1) delays in obtaining management approval for program regulations and procedures and in contracting for the projects' evaluation slowed implementation; (2) SSA plans to evaluate the demonstration projects within sta...
Social Security: Payment Accuracy Rates Are Overstated
HRD-88-10: Published: Oct 29, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1987.
GAO examined the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Retirement and Survivors Insurance (RSI) program, to determine the: (1) adequacy of SSA payment measurement procedures; (2) accuracy of error rates annually reported for the program; and (3) effects of errors on beneficiaries.GAO found that: (1) although the processes SSA used to measure errors and determine payment accuracy rates were adequa...
Social Security: Demonstration Projects Concerning Interviews With Disability Claimants
HRD-87-35: Published: Feb 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) observed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) implementation and evaluation of its demonstration projects involving disability claimants' eligibility interviews; (2) discussed implementation plans with SSA officials; and (3) reviewed the scope of work and the design and analysis plan developed by the contractor SSA selected to evaluate the pro...
Social Security: Adjusting Continuing Disability Review Priorities
HRD-87-4: Published: Oct 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) plans for resuming continuing disability reviews (CDR), involving the implementation of the medical improvement review standard. GAO stated its concern about the planned mix of cases SSA will send to state disability determination services (DDS).GAO found that: (1) the SSA case load for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 1986 and for FY 1987...
SSA Management of the Consultative Examination Process
128597: Dec 11, 1985
Testimony was given on the GAO review of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) management of the consultative examination process in its disability programs. GAO found that: (1) consultative examinations (CE) are purchased from private medical sources when additional evidence is needed to evaluate disability claims; (2) through the issuance of new policies and procedures, SSA has provided bet...
Proposed Civil Service Supplemental Retirement System
128278: Oct 28, 1985
GAO presented its views on the proposed Civil Service Supplemental Retirement System, which combines social security, a defined benefit pension plan, and a thrift plan. This approach and the provisions of the thrift plan portion of the proposed program are consistent with prevailing provisions in the private sector; however, other aspects of the plan differ from private sector programs. GAO found...
S. 1527, the Civil Service Pension Reform Act of 1985
127877: Sep 9, 1985
Testimony was given concerning a bill proposing a new retirement program for federal employees covered by social security. GAO noted that: (1) the proposed bill represented a comprehensive and thorough retirement program design; (2) many of the specific provisions of the pension plan portion of the proposed program were completely consistent with prevailing pension plans; and (3) age 62 is usually...