Income maintenance programs (31 - 40 of 49 items)
Social Security: Beneficiary Payment for Representative Payee Services
HRD-92-112: Published: Jun 29, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of the fee that nonprofit organizations collect from Social Security beneficiaries for providing representative payee services.GAO found that the majority of the organizations participating in the representative payee program: (1) believed that the fee program would encourage organizations to become payees and exi...
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...
Providing Periodic Personal Earnings and Benefit Statements to Workers Covered by Social Security
T-HRD-88-25: Published: Jul 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1988.
GAO discussed requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide periodic personal earnings and benefit statements to workers covered by social security. GAO found that: (1) 70 percent of the 25 million workers in defined benefit pension plans lacked knowledge of their eligibility for early or normal retirement; (2) from 1978 through 1984, SSA recorded $58.8 billion less in earnings tha...
Retirement Income: 1984 Pension Law Will Help Some Widows but Not the Poorest
HRD-88-77: Published: Jul 11, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO analyzed the potential effects of the spousal consent provision of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 on the economic status of future widows, focusing on: (1) how many wives could gain entitlement to survivor benefits as a result of the act; (2) what economic circumstances influenced whether husbands selected survivor benefits, prior to the act; (3) to wh...
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...
137894: Jan 1, 1988
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 4, Winter 1988, discusses ways to reform entitlement programs. Social security benefits constituted more than 42 percent of federal entitlements outlays in fiscal year 1986, while federal health care programs were about 16 percent and retirement systems were 9 percent. Entitlements growth after 1980 was entirely due to expansion of poverty progr...
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...
Social Security: Pension Data Useful for Detecting Supplemental Security Payment Errors
HRD-86-32: Published: Mar 12, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1986.
GAO evaluated the Social Security Administration's (SSA) computerized employment pension income database to determine its potential usefulness in detecting payment errors in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program.Based on its sample results, GAO estimated that, in December 1983: (1) 35,112 SSI cases received pension incomes; and (2) SSA overpaid 6,292 cases a total of $427,200 because it c...
Treasury's Management of Social Security Trust Funds During the Debt Ceiling Crises
HRD-86-45: Published: Dec 5, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO gave its opinion on the legality and propriety of the Secretary of the Treasury's management of the social security trust funds during the October 1984, and September to November 1985, public debt ceiling crises.GAO found that: (1) although some of the Secretary's actions appeared to have been in violation of legislative requirements, the Secretary acted...
Improving the Quality of Social Security Administration Notices
HRD-85-96: Published: Aug 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1985.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Clear Notices Project to determine whether: (1) improved notices are likely to result from the effort; and (2) more could be done to help produce clear notices.GAO found that 5 of the 12 initiatives of the project, which was established in April 1984 and is scheduled to end September 30, 1986, have been completed. The completed initiatives in...