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Supplemental Security Income: SSA Provides Benefits to Multiple Recipient Households but Needs System Changes to Improve Claims Management
GAO-16-674: Published: Aug 17, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2016.
In May 2013, an estimated 15 percent of the 7.2 million households with blind, aged, and disabled individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cash benefits included more than one SSI recipient, according to GAO's data analysis. Of the estimated 1.1 million households with multiple SSI recipients, most included two recipients (953,000) and at least one adult recipient between ages 18 a...
Federal Low-Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs
GAO-15-516: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2015.
More than 80 federal programs (including 6 tax expenditures) provide aid to people with low incomes, based on GAO's survey of relevant federal agencies. Medicaid (the largest by far), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the refundable portion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) comprised almost two-thirds of fiscal year 2013 federal obli...
Older Americans Act: Options to Better Target Need and Improve Equity
GAO-13-74: Published: Nov 30, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2012.
We found that:States use a variety of factors to distribute OAA intrastate funding to AAAs and local service providers. All states that use intrastate funding formulas--which help determine the distribution of funds within a given state--use one or more demographic measures of need to target funding for OAA titles III and VII services. Factors included age, income, rural residence, disability impa...
Modernizing SSA Disability Programs: Preliminary Observations on Updates of Medical and Occupational Criteria
GAO-12-511T: Published: Mar 20, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2012.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has made several changes to improve the process it uses for updating its medical criteria, but continues to face challenges ensuring timely updates. SSAs medical criteria for adults are in the form of listings of medical conditions and impairments organized under 14 body systems, which SSA periodically updates. To help ensure timely, periodic updates...
Early Child Care and Education: HHS and Education Are Taking Steps to Improve Workforce Data and Enhance Worker Quality
GAO-12-248: Published: Feb 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 2012.
The paid early child care and education (ECCE) workforce was made up of approximately 1.8 million workers in a range of positions, most of whom had relatively low levels of education and income, according to Censuss 2009 American Community Survey (ACS) data. For example, nearly half of all child care workers had a high school degree or less as did 20 percent of preschool teachers. Average ye...
Federal Assistance: Illustrative Simulations of Using Statistical Population Estimates for Reallocating Certain Federal Funding
GAO-06-567: Published: Jun 23, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2006.
Decennial census data need to be as accurate as possible because the population counts are used for, among other purposes, allocating federal grants to states and local governments. The U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) used statistical methods to estimate the accuracy of 1990 and 2000 Census data. Because the Bureau considered the estimates unreliable due to methodological uncertainties, they were not...
Informing Our Nation: Improving How to Understand and Assess the USA's Position and Progress
GAO-05-1: Published: Nov 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 10, 2004.
There has been growing activity and interest in developing a system of key national indicators that would provide an independent, trusted, reliable, widely available, and usable source of information. Such a system would facilitate fact-based assessments of the position and progress of the United States, on both an absolute and relative basis. This interest emerges from the following perspectives...
Aging Issues: Related GAO Products in Calendar Years 2001 and 2002
GAO-04-275R: Published: Nov 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 21, 2003.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging requested a compilation of GAO's calendar years 2001 and 2002 products pertaining to older Americans and their families.GAO noted that the country is in the midst of one of the most profound changes in American history--America's population, estimated at over 288 million in 2002, is growing older at a rapid pace. The number of Americans age 65 and older, estim...
Welfare Reform: More Coordinated Federal Effort Could Help States and Localities Move TANF Recipients With Impairments Toward Employment
GAO-02-37: Published: Oct 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2001.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 significantly changed federal welfare policy for low-income families with children. The act eliminated eligible families' legal entitlement to cash assistance and created Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grants to states. TANF emphasizes the importance of work and personal responsibility rather than dep...
Federal Assistance: Information on Federal Funds to Suffolk County, New York
RCED-99-220R: Published: Jun 25, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the level of federal assistance provided to Suffolk County, New York, as well as data on incomes and the distribution of population within the county.GAO noted that: (1) during fiscal year 1998, Suffolk County, New York, received more than $10.7 billion in federal assistance, according to the latest Consolidated Federal Funds Report;...