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Social Security: Implementation of New Mental Impairment Criteria for Disability Benefits
HRD-86-75BR: Published: May 19, 1986. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO monitored the Social Security Administration's (SSA) implementation of changes to methods used in evaluating claims relating to mental impairments for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs, as mandated by the Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act of 1984.GAO found that: (1) although SSA ma...
Current Status of the Federal/State Arrangement for Administering the Social Security Disability Programs
HRD-85-71: Published: Sep 30, 1985. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the operations of four state disability determination services (DDS) and the oversight responsibility of the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine: (1) the effectiveness of the joint federal/state administration of the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs; and (2) whether the federal governme...
GAO's Views on H.R. 825, a Bill To Make the Social Security Administration an Independent Agency
126772: Apr 23, 1985
GAO presented views on a bill to make the Social Security Administration (SSA) an independent agency, focusing on whether the management and operation of SSA would be improved by making it an independent agency. GAO found that the bill's provisions would: (1) remove the Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs from the Department of Health and H...
Improvements Needed in the SSI Oral Inquiry Process
120144: Feb 6, 1979
In April 1978, the Social Security Administration implemented a proposed regulation which affords persons making an oral inquiry about their possible eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits the same protection as a person making a written inquiry; that is, an opportunity to have their benefits computed from the date of inquiry provided they are found eligible after filing an ap...
SSA Needs To Determine the Cost Effectiveness of the SSI Redetermination Process and To Implement Recommendations Made for Eliminating Erroneous Payments
HRD-82-126: Published: Sep 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 1982.
GAO reported on a survey of the cost effectiveness of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) procedures and practices for redetermining a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient's continued eligibility and correct benefit amount to determine whether improvements in the process are needed.GAO found that SSA needs alternative mechanisms to supplement the redetermination process for identify...
SSA Needs To Determine the Cost Effectiveness of Manually Identifying SSI Recipients With Income From Other Federal Sources
HRD-82-33: Published: Jan 8, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 1982.
While developing and testing a multiple correlation matching computer program to detect erroneous payments within and between various Federal programs, GAO observed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) present process for manually matching Supplemental Security Income (SSI) records with payment records of certain other Federal agencies.GAO found that, while SSA has used this manual matching...
Implementing GAO's Recommendations on the Social Security Administration's Programs Could Save Billions
HRD-81-37: Published: Dec 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1980.
Income security programs account for over one-third of the federal budget. The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers some of the largest income security programs, including Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). GAO has issued numerous reports recommending changes in SSA income security progra...
The Lump Sum Death Benefit--Should It Be Changed?
HRD-80-87: Published: Aug 8, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 1980.
Social security has paid more than $6 billion in lump-sum death benefits since 1940, the first year payments were made. The original concept of lump-sum death benefits was to provide a return on the social security contributions of wage earners. However, the concept has been changed to include a modest payment toward the costs associated with death. Various proposals have been made to eliminate, o...
Need To Prevent Windfall Benefits to Supplemental Security Income Recipients
HRD-80-44: Published: May 30, 1980. Publicly Released: May 30, 1980.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to determine Social Security Income (SSI) eligibility and benefit payment amounts on a quarterly basis. It computes benefits based on the income a recipient expects to receive over a projected 3-month period. Basic benefits are reduced dollar for dollar for countable income. Windfall benefits occur when other retroactive income covering prior qu...
Supplemental Security Income Computerized System Development Process
HRD-80-5: Published: Oct 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1979.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to develop a structured and planned approach for managing and controlling the design, development, and modification of its Supplemental Security Income (SSI) computerized system. The system is used to help maintain beneficiary information and administer benefit payments to over 4 million needy aged, blind, and disabled individuals. Erroneous payments...