Eligibility determinations (91 - 100 of 215 items)
Food Assistance: WIC Program Issues
T-RCED-98-125: Published: Mar 17, 1998. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its three recently completed reviews of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), focusing on: (1) the reasons that states had for not spending all of their federal grant funds; (2) efforts of WIC agencies to improve access to WIC benefits for working women; and (3) various practices states use to lower the...
Welfare Reform: State and Local Responses to Restricting Food Stamp Benefits
RCED-98-41: Published: Dec 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of welfare reform on the Food Stamp Program, focusing on: (1) the actions, if any, that states have taken to assist those individuals who lose eligibility for the Food Stamp Program; and (2) related actions, if any, taken by other organizations in selected localities--local governments and nonprofit organizations--to assist those individ...
Social Security Disability Insurance: Multiple Factors Affect Beneficiaries' Ability to Return to Work
HEHS-98-39: Published: Jan 12, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program, focusing on: (1) the self-reported health and functional status of DI beneficiaries who work while still on the rolls; (2) the occupations, earnings, and benefits of working beneficiaries; (3) factors that working beneficiaries believe were helpful in becoming employed; and (4) working benefici...
Illegal Aliens: Extent of Welfare Benefits Received on Behalf of U.S. Citizen Children
HEHS-98-30: Published: Nov 19, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative mandate, GAO provided information on the extent to which means-tested public benefits are provided to illegal aliens for the use of eligible individuals, focusing on: (1) the extent and the locations that selected federal means-tested benefits are being provided to illegal aliens for use by their U.S. citizen children; and (2) the nature and extent of fraud or misrepresen...
Social Security Disability: SSA Is Making Progress Toward Eliminating Continuing Disability Review Backlogs
T-HEHS-97-222: Published: Sep 25, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1997.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) plan to eliminate the backlog of continuing disability reviews (CDRs) in the Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, focusing on: (1) SSA's progress toward achieving its current 7-year plan cost-effectively and on schedule; (2) SSA's spending rate; and (3) the status of selection formulas needed to meet future g...
Food Assistance: A Variety of Practices May Lower the Costs of WIC
RCED-97-225: Published: Sep 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed cost containment initiatives states are using to control the cost of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), focusing on the practices that the states use to: (1) contain costs by controlling the foods approved for use in the WIC program and by more closely selecting and regulating participating vendors; a...
Social Security Disability: SSA Must Hold Itself Accountable for Continued Improvement in Decision-making
HEHS-97-102: Published: Aug 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) decisionmaking process for disability determinations and efforts to improve the process, focusing on: (1) factors that contribute to differences between disability determination services' (DDS) and administrative law judges' (ALJ) decisions; and (2) SSA's actions to make decisions in initial and appealed c...
Food Stamp Program: Characteristics of Households Affected by Limit on the Shelter Deduction
RCED-97-118: Published: May 14, 1997. Publicly Released: May 21, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the legislative changes to the Food Stamp Program mandated by the 1996 welfare reform act; focusing on, for fiscal year (FY) 1995, the: (1) characteristics of households whose food stamp benefits were limited because of the cap on their deduction for excess shelter expenses; and (2) extent to which food stamp benefits would have been higher for the...
Welfare Reform: States' Early Experiences With Benefit Termination
HEHS-97-74: Published: May 15, 1997. Publicly Released: May 15, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed states' early experiences with waiver provisions for Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) benefit termination under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, focusing on: (1) those families whose benefits have been terminated and why; (2) federal or state benefits that are available and are being received after...
Social Security Disability: SSA Actions to Reduce Backlogs and Achieve More Consistent Decisions Deserve High Priority
T-HEHS-97-118: Published: Apr 24, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 1997.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) actions to reduce the current backlog of cases appealed to the agency's administrative law judges, focusing on: (1) how functional assessments, differences in procedures, and quality review contribute to inconsistent results between different decisionmakers; and (2) SSA'a strategy to obtain greater decisional consistency.GAO noted that: (1)...