Income maintenance programs (41 - 49 of 49 items)
Need To Strengthen Social Security's Beneficiary Reporting Requirements and Enforcement Authority
HRD-85-12: Published: Mar 22, 1985. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1985.
GAO reported on federal retirement overpayments to determine what portion of overpayments are caused by beneficiaries and how effectively the Social Security Administration (SSA) utilizes its sanctions to prevent and minimize improper reporting.GAO found that, as of September 1984, retired and disabled beneficiaries and their dependents or survivors owed SSA about $2 billion, which represented abo...
Discontinuing Social Security's Currently Insured Benefit Provision Would Save Millions and Eliminate Inequities
HRD-82-51: Published: Apr 23, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1982.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) eligibility insurance provisions, known as the currently insured provision.The currently insured benefit eligibility insurance provision no longer has relevance. Discontinuance of the provision could save SSA trust funds about $180 million through 1990 and will not affect survivors now receiving benefits. Further, discontinuance will end some...
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...
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...
VA Improved Pension Program: Some Persons Get More Than They Should and Others Less
HRD-80-61: Published: Aug 6, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 1980.
Congress hoped that the law improving pensions for needy veterans, which went into effect January 1, 1979, would enable veterans and their survivors to receive benefits above the poverty level and help them avoid turning to welfare, such as the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.Some couples who receive SSI and Veterans Administration (VA) pensions receive more in benefits from these two p...
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...
Minimum Social Security Benefit: A Windfall That Should Be Eliminated
HRD-80-29: Published: Dec 10, 1979. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 1979.
The minimum benefit provision of the Social Security Act, intended to help the poor, has in recent years mainly benefited retired government workers with pensions and homemakers supported by their spouses' incomes. The provision grants a much higher benefit than individuals have earned and would otherwise receive. The need for the minimum benefit was greatly reduced in 1974 with the implementation...
Social Security Should Obtain and Use State Data To Verify Benefits for All Its Programs
HRD-80-4: Published: Oct 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1979.
The integrity of the four Social Security programs which pay monthly benefits to aged and disabled persons or their survivors and dependents depends on recipients voluntarily reporting changes in their income, resources, and other eligibility circumstances. During fiscal year 1978, $257.4 million in payment errors were made because Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients provided inaccurate...