Income maintenance programs (11 - 20 of 196 items)
Supplemental Security Income: Status of Efforts to Improve Overpayment Detection and Recovery
GAO-02-962T: Published: Jul 25, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2002.
As the nation's largest cash assistance program for the poor, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program SSI provided $33 billion in benefits to 6.8 million aged, blind, and disabled persons last year. In 2001, the outstanding SSI debt and newly detected overpayments totaled $4.7 billion. To deter and detect overpayments, the agency obtained legislative authority to use additional tools to ver...
Unemployment Insurance: Enhanced Focus on Program Integrity Could Reduce Overpayments
GAO-02-820T: Published: Jun 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2002.
The Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance (UI) program is a federal-state partnership designed to partially replace lost earnings of individuals who become unemployed through no fault of their own and to stabilize the economy in times of economic downturn. The health of each state's UI program depends, in part, on their ability to control benefit payments by accurately determining eligibili...
Welfare Reform: Federal Oversight of State and Local Contracting Can be Strengthened
GAO-02-661: Published: Jun 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2002.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWPRA) of 1996 changed the nation's cash assistance program for needy families with children. The former program, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), was replaced with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which provides states with $16.5 billion each year through 2002 to serve this populati...
Welfare Reform: States Provide TANF-Funded Work Support Services to Many Low-Income Families Who Do Not Receive Cash Assistance
GAO-02-615T: Published: Apr 10, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2002.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant makes $16.5 billion available to states each year, regardless of changes in the number of people receiving benefits. To qualify for their full TANF allotments, states must spend a certain amount of state money, referred to as maintenance-of-effort funds. As states implemented work-focused reforms during the strong economy of the 1990s,...
Welfare Reform: States Provide TANF-Funded Services to Many Low-Income Families Who Do Not Receive Cash Assistance
GAO-02-564: Published: Apr 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2002.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 ended the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program and created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant to states. TANF emphasizes work and responsibility over dependence on government benefits. It also requires states to maintain a historical level of spending on welfare-related programs. The...
Social Security: Issues in Evaluating Reform Proposals
GAO-02-288T: Published: Dec 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the long-term viability of the Social Security program. Social Security's Trust Funds will not be exhausted until 2038, but the trustees now project that the program's cash demands on the rest of the federal government will begin much sooner. Aiming for sustainable solvency would increase the chance that future policymakers would not have to face these difficult questions...
Social Security Reform: Potential Effects on SSA's Disability Programs and Beneficiaries
GAO-01-35: Published: Jan 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2001.
There has been little analysis of how the various Social Security reform proposals might affect the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program. This report assesses the potential impact of these proposals on the solvency of the DI trust fund. GAO found that most disabled beneficiaries would receive higher benefits under the various Social Security reform proposals it reviewed than under a s...
Social Security Administration: Longstanding Problems in SSA's Letters to the Public Need to Be Fixed
HEHS-00-179: Published: Sep 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the equality of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) letters to the public, focusing on the: (1) problems that make SSA's letters difficult to understand; and (2) status of SSA's actions to fix the problems.GAO noted that: (1) the majority of letters in each of the four categories GAO reviewed did not clearly communicate at least one of the f...
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 Administration: Supplemental Security Income: Determining Disability for a Child Under Age 18
OGC-00-70: Published: Sep 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new rule on supplemental security income for childhood disabilities. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise and finalize the interim rule published on February 11, 1997, which implemented the childhood disabilities provisions of Public Law 104-193; and (2) SSA complied with applicable requirements in...