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Disability Insurance: Broader Management Focus Needed to Better Control Caseload
T-HEHS-95-164: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
GAO discussed the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program, focusing on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) initiatives to manage program growth. GAO noted that: (1) the number of disabled beneficiaries has significantly increased in the past 10 years, mainly due to increasing applications and awards, expansions in eligibility criteria, program outreach, and poor economic condition...
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...
Social Security: Reporting and Processing of Death Information Should Be Improved
HRD-92-88: Published: Sep 4, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) process for obtaining information on deceased beneficiaries and terminating benefits payments, focusing on: (1) how long family members, states, and others take to report deaths to SSA; (2) the amount of time SSA takes to terminate payments once a death is reported; (3) whether delays in rep...
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...
An Aging Society: Meeting the Needs of the Elderly While Responding to Rising Federal Costs
HRD-86-135: Published: Sep 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) demographic changes projected for the elderly population; (2) the relationship of these changes to the economic and health-care status of the elderly; and (3) how changes in federal health and retirement programs could affect current and future needs of the elderly.GAO found that: (1) while the growth in Social Security and p...
Retirement Before Age 65: Trends, Costs, and National Issues
HRD-86-86: Published: Jul 16, 1986. Publicly Released: Aug 4, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on early retirement for individuals who have employer-sponsored pensions, including private, federal, state, local, and military plans.GAO analyses showed that: (1) the percentage of the population receiving employer-sponsored pensions at ages younger than 65 has increased rapidly; (2) individuals with employer-sponsored pension income have much...
Aging: GAO Activities in Fiscal Year 1985
HRD-86-46: Published: Dec 13, 1985. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on its fiscal year 1985 activities regarding older Americans.GAO submitted a list of the: (1) 65 reports concerning the elderly it issued from October 1, 1984 through September 30, 1985, 43 of which had summary information; and (2) 49 assignments in process as of September 30, 1985. For employees nearing retirement age, GAO continues to provide...
Circumstances Under Which Nonprofit Hospitals Are Reviewing and Deciding To Terminate Social Security Coverage
HRD-83-42: Published: Mar 2, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 14, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the circumstances under which nonprofit hospitals are reviewing and deciding upon the option to terminate social security coverage.GAO found that these hospitals generally exercised their termination option because of a desire to save money and to control future costs. Concern about the future financial integrity of the social security system wa...
The Railroad Retirement Board Disability Benefit Program
118733: Jun 21, 1982
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed disability decisions being made by the Railroad Retirement Board and compared the criteria it used with the criteria prescribed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). GAO also reviewed specific cases to test the Board's compliance with established policies and procedures. In 1981, the Board paid $400 million in disability benefits to 59,00...