Overpayments (11 - 20 of 27 items)
Supplemental Security Income: Administrative and Program Savings Possible by Directly Accessing State Data
HEHS-96-163: Published: Aug 29, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) use of online access to state databases on income information to determine whether it could: (1) improve the administration of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program; (2) reduce overpayments; and (3) easily implement online access nationwide in SSA field offices.GAO found that the use of online acc...
Social Security Administration: Many Letters Difficult to Understand
T-HEHS-94-126: Published: Mar 22, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 22, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the clarity of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) written correspondence, focusing on whether SSA correspondence: (1) is generally understood by the public; and (2) adequately explains the basis for SSA decisions. GAO noted that: (1) SSA correspondence letters are computer generated; (2) SSA has had longstanding problems communicating the...
Social Security: Causes of Increased Overpayments, 1986 to 1989
HRD-92-107: Published: Sep 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) management of debt collection efforts, focusing on: (1) the general causes of and reasons for increases in benefit overpayments; (2) the average amounts and overall range of overpayments and characteristics of individuals who receive overpayments; and (3) whether staff reductions contributed...
Review of HHS Inspector General's Report on California's Refugee Resettlement Program
HRD-85-41: Published: Feb 28, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General's (IG) audit of federal payments to California for its Resettlement Program. The IG audit concluded that almost $34 million of the $256 million California received did not qualify for federal funding. GAO examined the IG audit methodology and the conclusions that were reached.GAO f...
Legislation Is Needed To Ensure That Cost-of-Living Increases in Federal Programs Will Be Considered on a More Timely Basis in Computing Supplemental Security Income Benefits
HRD-82-52: Published: Mar 26, 1982. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1982.
GAO reviewed the accounting system of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits program.Benefits are based on a recipient's expected income during the coming 3 months. The Social Security Administration estimated that overpayments resulting from this accounting method would total about $60 million in fiscal year 1982. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act mandated that SSI benefits be calcul...
Legislative and Administrative Changes To Improve Verification of Welfare Recipients' Income Could Save Hundreds of Millions
HRD-82-9: Published: Jan 14, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1982.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the manner in which income and asset information is used and verified by administering agencies to determine eligibility for federal assistance programs which provide benefits to needy individuals and families.GAO found that: (1) underreporting of income and assets by recipients of benefits from needs-based programs, whether deliberate or otherwise...
Millions Can Be Saved by Identifying Supplemental Security Income Recipients Owning Too Many Assets
HRD-81-4: Published: Feb 4, 1981. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1981.
In fiscal year 1979, an estimated $125 million was overpaid to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who owned assets, such as bank accounts and real property, valued in excess of the limitations allowed for program eligibility. GAO assessed the adequacy of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to reduce problems causing these overpayments.GAO found that an estimated $47 milli...
Better Management Information Can Be Obtained From the Quality Control System Used in the Aid to Families With Dependent Children Program
HRD-80-80: Published: Jul 18, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1980.
Over $900 million paid to poor families under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program was paid in error during 1978. This estimate includes overpayments to eligible families and payments to ineligible families and is based on data reported by the quality control system. The quality control system was established to improve the program's administration by identifying errors and developi...
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...
Social Security Should Obtain and Use State Data To Verify Benefits for All Its Programs
HRD-80-4: Published: Oct 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Oct 16, 1979.
The integrity of the four Social Security programs which pay monthly benefits to aged and disabled persons or their survivors and dependents depends on recipients voluntarily reporting changes in their income, resources, and other eligibility circumstances. During fiscal year 1978, $257.4 million in payment errors were made because Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients provided inaccurate...