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SSA Disability Representatives: Fee Payment Changes Show Promise, but Eligibility Criteria and Representative Overpayments Require Further Monitoring
GAO-08-5: Published: Oct 15, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2007.
The Social Security Protection Act of 2004 temporarily expanded the practice of paying representatives' fees directly out of a claimant's benefits. This practice, known as fee withholding, was previously available only to attorneys in Disability Insurance (DI) cases. It has been extended to attorneys in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases, and to nonattorneys--who meet eligibility criteria--i...
SSA's Disability Programs: Improvements Could Increase the Usefulness of Electronic Data for Program Oversight
GAO-05-100R: Published: Dec 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2004.
In 2003, we added the federal government's disability programs to our high-risk list in part because of difficulties agencies faced in managing these programs and the expected growth in the rolls as baby boomers reach their disability-prone years. The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the federal government's two largest disability programs, the Disability Insurance (DI) program and the...
Social Security Disability: Commissioner Proposes Strategy to Improve the Claims Process, but Faces Implementation Challenges
GAO-04-552T: Published: Mar 29, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2004.
Delivering high-quality service to the public in the form of fair, timely, and consistent eligibility decisions for disability benefits is one of SSA's most pressing challenges. This testimony discusses (1) the difficulties SSA faces managing disability claims processing; (2) the outmoded concepts of SSA's disability program; and (3) the Commissioner's strategy for improving the disability process...
Supplemental Security Income: SSA Could Enhance Its Ability to Detect Residency Violations
GAO-03-724: Published: Jul 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2003.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program paid about $35 million recipients in 2002. In recent years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has identified a general increase in the amount of annual overpayments made to (1) individuals who are found to have violated program residency requirements or (2) recipients who leave the United States and live outside the country for more than 30 con...
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...
Social Security Disability: Reviews of Beneficiaries' Disability Status Require Continued Attention to Improve Service Delivery
GAO-03-1027T: 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 testimony looks at SSA's ability t...
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...
Means-Tested Programs: Determining Financial Eligibility Is Cumbersome and Can Be Simplified
GAO-02-58: Published: Nov 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2001.
About 80 means-tested federal programs assisted low-income people in 1998. GAO reviewed 11 programs that assisted families and individuals with income, food, medical assistance, and housing. Despite substantial overlap in the populations they serve, the 11 programs varied significantly in their financial eligibility rules. At the most basic level, the dollar levels of the income limits--the maximu...
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...