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Social Security: Reform Proposals Could Have a Variety of Effects on Distribution of Benefits and Payroll Taxes
GAO-04-872T: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
Under the current Social Security benefit formula, retired workers can receive benefits at age 65 that equal about 50 percent of preretirement earnings for an illustrative low-wage worker but only about 30 percent for an illustrative high-wage worker. Factors other than earnings also influence the distribution of benefits, including the program's provisions for disabled workers, spouses, children,...
Supplemental Security Income: Progress Made in Detecting and Recovering Overpayments, but Management Attention Should Continue
GAO-02-849: Published: Sep 16, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2002.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is the nation's largest cash assistance program for the poor. The program paid $33 billion in benefits to 6.8 million aged, blind, and disabled persons in fiscal year 2001. Benefit eligibility and payment amounts for the SSI population are determined by complex and often difficult to verify financial factors such as an individual's income, resource le...
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...
Supplemental Security Income: Additional Actions Needed to Reduce Program Vulnerability to Fraud and Abuse
HEHS-99-151: Published: Sep 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program's vulnerability to fraud and abuse, focusing on: (1) the extent to which SSI is vulnerable to individuals who obtain eligibility by feigning disabilities with the help of middlemen and medical providers; (2) the Social Security Administration's (SSA) methods for preventing, detecting, an...
SSI Children: Multiple Factors Affect Families' Costs for Disability-Related Services
HEHS-99-99: Published: Jun 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1999.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on the factors affecting families' costs for disability-related services, focusing on: (1) the disability-related expenses incurred by families of children on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) that are not covered by federal, state, and local programs serving children with disabilities and the factors that influence the level of such...
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...
Social Security Disability: SSA Making Progress in Conducting Continuing Disability Reviews
HEHS-98-198: Published: Sep 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether: (1) the Social Security Administration's (SSA) plan to process 8.1 million continuing disability reviews (CDR) during fiscal years 1998 through 2002 will result in CDRs being done for all beneficiaries for whom CDRs are required by law; and (2) disability determination services' (DDS) CDR processing capacity and the CDR fund...
Supplemental Security Income: SSA Needs a Uniform Standard for Assessing Childhood Disability
T-HEHS-98-206: Published: Jul 7, 1998. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1998.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) implementation of the new eligibility criteria for childhood disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.GAO noted that: (1) SSA has made considerable progress in implementing the welfare reform changes in eligibility for SSI children; (2) SSA has taken important steps to safeguard fairness by identifying childre...