Social security benefits (51 - 60 of 66 items)
Social Security: SSA's Processing of Continuing Disability Reviews
T-HRD-93-9: Published: Mar 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 9, 1993.
GAO discussed the status of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) continuing disability reviews (CDR) program. GAO noted that: (1) applications for disability benefits and SSA processing times for claims reached all-time highs in 1992; (2) SSA has moved resources away from performing CDR in order to keep up with the increase in initial disability claims; (3) during the past 6 fiscal years, SS...
Social Security: Racial Difference in Disability Decisions
T-HRD-92-41: Published: Sep 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1992.
GAO discussed racial differences in the rates at which blacks and whites are allowed disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. GAO noted that: (1) in 1988, blacks had lower allowance rates than whites in both initial and appeals decisions; (2) in many cases, factors other than race could explain the racial difference in allo...
Social Security Disability: Action Needed to Improve Use of Medical Experts at Hearings
HRD-91-68: Published: May 20, 1991. Publicly Released: May 20, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's Office of Hearings and Appeals' (OHA) use and selection of medical experts (ME) to provide testimony or evidence for disability hearings and cases.GAO found that: (1) OHA policy required the selection of such experts on a rotational basis by medical specialty, when possible; (2) when purchasing expert testimony,...
Social Security: Reforms in the Disability Determination and Appeals Process
T-HRD-91-24: Published: May 2, 1991. Publicly Released: May 2, 1991.
GAO discussed efforts to improve the initial decisionmaking process regarding social security disability claims, and to explore reasons why the Social Security Administration (SSA) allowed many claims only after administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings. GAO noted that: (1) SSA quality assurance review data indicated a decline in the quality of state disability decisions, particularly those denying...
Disability Programs: Use of Competitive Contracts for Consultative Medical Exams Can Save Millions
HRD-90-141: Published: Aug 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1990.
GAO reviewed state disability determination services' (DDS) procurement of consultative medical examinations (CE) of claimants seeking benefits under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs.GAO found that: (1) New York's DDS expects to save $8.6 million over the 3-year life of its contracts; (2) Oregon's DDS expects to save about $1.6 million through 1993; (3) for the 3-year...
Social Security: Selective Face-to-Face Interviews With Disability Claimants Could Reduce Appeals
HRD-89-22: Published: Apr 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on certain aspects of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) appeals process, including: (1) the reasons for administrative law judges' (ALJ) high reversal rates for state disability determination services' (DDS) decisions; and (2) suggestions for improving the SSA appeal process.GAO reviewed state DDS decisions for 1986, and fou...
Social Security Disability: Implementing the Medical Improvement Review Standard
HRD-88-108BR: Published: Sep 30, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) and state disability determination services' (DDS) implementation of the medical improvement review standard to determine whether: (1) SSA implemented the standard as intended; and (2) DDS encountered problems with it.GAO found that: (1) SSA regulations implementing the standard were consistent with the...
Welfare Eligibility: Programs Treat Indian Tribal Trust Fund Payments Inconsistently
HRD-88-38: Published: May 20, 1988. Publicly Released: May 20, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent, size, nature, and frequency of payments Indian tribes and organizations received from certain tribal trust funds; (2) how various federal welfare programs treated the payments in determining program eligibility; and (3) the reasons for legislated special exclusions of such payments.GAO found that: (1) from 1984 thr...
Social Security: Observations on Demonstration Interviews With Disability Claimants
HRD-88-22BR: Published: Dec 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how well the Social Security Administration (SSA) implemented and evaluated its disability determination projects.GAO found that: (1) delays in obtaining management approval for program regulations and procedures and in contracting for the projects' evaluation slowed implementation; (2) SSA plans to evaluate the demonstration projects within sta...
Social Security: Effects of Budget Constraints on Disability Program
HRD-88-3: Published: Oct 28, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed state disability determination services (DDS) to: (1) evaluate the effects of budget constraints that the Social Security Administration (SSA) imposed on state agencies' operations; and (2) determine whether SSA productivity standards were appropriate.GAO found that budget reductions: (1) limited the number of continuing disability reviews that SSA...