Social security benefits (61 - 70 of 101 items)
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...
Social Security: Racial Difference in Disability Decisions Warrants Further Investigation
HRD-92-56: Published: Apr 21, 1992. Publicly Released: May 11, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the lower allowance rate for black applicants, when compared to white applicants, under the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Programs, focusing on reasons for the racial differences in: (1) state agencies' initial disability decisions; and (2) administrative law judges' (ALJ) appeals de...
Aging Issues: Related GAO Reports and Activities in Fiscal Year 1990
HRD-91-47: Published: Dec 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Dec 14, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided a compilation of its fiscal year (FY) 1990 products, ongoing work, and other activities regarding older Americans.GAO noted that its FY 1990 work regarding older Americans: (1) covered such issues as income security, health care, housing, social and community services, employment, and age discrimination; (2) included 55 reports on policies and prog...
Social Security: District Managers' Views on Outreach for Supplemental Security Income Program
HRD-91-19FS: Published: Oct 30, 1990. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided details of its telephone survey on the outreach activities for the Supplemental Security Income program carried out by field offices of the Social Security Administration (SSA).The GAO survey disclosed that: (1) SSA field offices implemented a wide range of outreach activities, but there was no clear consensus on which activity was the most effecti...
Disability Programs: Use of Competitive Contracts for Consultative Medical Exams Can Save Millions
HRD-90-141: Published: Aug 17, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 17, 1990.
GAO reviewed state disability determination services' (DDS) procurement of consultative medical examinations (CE) of claimants seeking benefits under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs.GAO found that: (1) New York's DDS expects to save $8.6 million over the 3-year life of its contracts; (2) Oregon's DDS expects to save about $1.6 million through 1993; (3) for the 3-year...
The Social Security Administration's Supplemental Security Income Outreach Activities
T-HRD-90-22: Published: Apr 5, 1990. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 1990.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to inform the public about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. GAO noted that: (1) studies indicated that 35 to 50 percent of persons eligible for SSI benefits were not participating in the program; (2) frequently cited reasons for nonparticipation included elderly persons' lack of awareness of the benefits and their eligibi...
Social Security: Selective Face-to-Face Interviews With Disability Claimants Could Reduce Appeals
HRD-89-22: Published: Apr 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 25, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on certain aspects of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) appeals process, including: (1) the reasons for administrative law judges' (ALJ) high reversal rates for state disability determination services' (DDS) decisions; and (2) suggestions for improving the SSA appeal process.GAO reviewed state DDS decisions for 1986, and fou...
Social Security Disability: Implementing the Medical Improvement Review Standard
HRD-88-108BR: Published: Sep 30, 1988. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) and state disability determination services' (DDS) implementation of the medical improvement review standard to determine whether: (1) SSA implemented the standard as intended; and (2) DDS encountered problems with it.GAO found that: (1) SSA regulations implementing the standard were consistent with the...
Welfare Eligibility: Programs Treat Indian Tribal Trust Fund Payments Inconsistently
HRD-88-38: Published: May 20, 1988. Publicly Released: May 20, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent, size, nature, and frequency of payments Indian tribes and organizations received from certain tribal trust funds; (2) how various federal welfare programs treated the payments in determining program eligibility; and (3) the reasons for legislated special exclusions of such payments.GAO found that: (1) from 1984 thr...
Social Security: Observations on Demonstration Interviews With Disability Claimants
HRD-88-22BR: Published: Dec 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how well the Social Security Administration (SSA) implemented and evaluated its disability determination projects.GAO found that: (1) delays in obtaining management approval for program regulations and procedures and in contracting for the projects' evaluation slowed implementation; (2) SSA plans to evaluate the demonstration projects within sta...