Social security benefits (11 - 20 of 66 items)
Social Security Disability: Reviews of Beneficiaries' Disability Status Require Continued Attention to Achieve Timeliness and Cost-Effectiveness
GAO-03-662: Published: Jul 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2003.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has had difficulty in conducting timely reviews of beneficiaries' cases to ensure they are still eligible for disability benefits. SSA has been taking steps to improve the cost-effectiveness of its review process. SSA has linked the review process to eligibility for a new benefit that provides return-to-work services. This report looks at SSA's ability to s...
SSA and VA Disability Programs: Re-Examination of Disability Criteria Needed to Help Ensure Program Integrity
GAO-02-597: Published: Aug 9, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2002.
The three largest disability programs collectively provided $89.7 billion in cash benefits to 10.2 million adults in 2001. However, the Disability Insurance (DI) program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, and VA disability criteria reflect neither medical and technological advances nor the labor market changes that affect the skills needed to perform work and work settings. If these fede...
SSA Disability: Other Programs May Provide Lessons for Improving Return-to-Work Efforts
GAO-01-153: Published: Jan 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2001.
Return-to-work practices used in the private sector and in foreign countries reflect the understanding that some people with disabilities can and do return to work. Although the Social Security Administration (SSA) has begun to focus more on return to work, it has yet to adopt a complete strategy for implementing this new approach. The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 is...
Social Security Administration: SSA's Letters to the Public Remain Difficult to Understand
T-HEHS-00-205: Published: Sep 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the letters the Social Security Administration (SSA) sends to the public, focusing on: (1) awarding Social Security benefits; (2) adjusting Social Security benefits; (3) awarding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program, benefits; and (4) adjusting SSI benefits.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's work showed that the majority of letters in each of the fou...
Social Security Disability Insurance: Raising the Substantial Gainful Activity Level for the Blind
T-HEHS-00-82: Published: Mar 23, 2000. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the substantial gainful activity (SGA) level established for blind beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (DI), focusing on the: (1) differences in employment circumstances affecting people with blindness compared with those affecting people with other disabilities; and (2) potential impact of changes in SGA levels on the DI program...
Supplemental Security Income: Incentive Payments Have Reduced Benefit Overpayments to Prisoners
HEHS-00-2: Published: Nov 22, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 22, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the impact incentive payment legislation for correctional facilities had on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, focusing on: (1) how many correctional facilities signed incentive payment agreements, how many benefit suspensions did SSA make, and what amount of overpayments did SSA id...
Social Security Disability: SSA Has Had Mixed Success in Efforts to Improve Caseload Management
T-HEHS-00-22: Published: Oct 21, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) management of its disability caseload, focusing on: (1) the status of SSA's efforts to improve its claims process; (2) lessons learned from the agency's efforts to date that can be applied to its current and future claims processing improvement plans; and (3) SSA's efforts to review the continuing eligibi...
Supplemental Security Income: Progress Made in Implementing Welfare Reform Changes; More Action Needed
HEHS-99-103: Published: Jun 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the impact of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program, focusing on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) progress in: (1) redetermining the eligibility of children already receiving benefits against the law's new eligibility criteria; (2) implementing the l...
Social Security Administration: Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled; Substantial Gainful Activity Amounts
OGC-99-42: Published: Apr 23, 1999. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new rule on Old-age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Social Security Income for the aged, blind, and disabled. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise the monthly earnings guidelines for determining when earnings demonstrate the ability to engage in substantial gainful activity (SG...
SSA Disability Redesign: Actions Needed to Enhance Future Progress
HEHS-99-25: Published: Mar 12, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to redesign its disability claims process; and (2) identified actions that SSA could take to better ensure future progress.GAO noted that: (1) even with its scaled-back plan, SSA has been unable to keep its redesign activities on schedule and to demonstrate that its proposed changes will signi...