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Social Security: Long-Term Challenges Warrant Early Action
GAO-05-303T: Published: Feb 3, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2005.
Social Security is the foundation of the nation's retirement income system, helping to protect the vast majority of American workers and their families from poverty in old age. However, it is much more than a retirement program and also provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivors' benefits. Over the long term, as the baby boom generation retires and as Americans continue...
TANF and SSI: Opportunities Exist to Help People with Impairments Become More Self-Sufficient
GAO-04-878: Published: Sep 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 2004.
The nation's social welfare system has been transformed into a system emphasizing work and personal responsibility, primarily through the creation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program has expanded policies to help recipients improve self-sufficiency. Given that SSA data indicate an overlap in the populations served by TAN...
Social Security Administration: More Effort Needed to Assess Consistency of Disability Decisions
GAO-04-656: Published: Jul 2, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2004.
Each year, about 2.5 million people file claims with the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability benefits. If the claim is denied at the initial level, the claimant may appeal to the hearings level. The hearings level has allowed more than half of all appealed claims, an allowance rate that has raised concerns about the consistency of decisions made at the two levels. To help ensure co...
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: Sustained Management Attention Needed to Address Residency Violations
GAO-04-789T: Published: May 20, 2004. Publicly Released: May 20, 2004.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program paid about $36 billion in benefits to about 6.9 million recipients in 2003. In recent years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has identified a general increase in the amount of annual overpayments made to recipients who are not present in the U.S. as required by SSI program guidelines--a problem we refer as "residency violations." This problem...
SSA Disability Decision Making: Additional Steps Needed to Ensure Accuracy and Fairness of Decisions at the Hearing Level
GAO-04-14: Published: Nov 12, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2003.
Historically, the proportion of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability benefits claims that were approved has been lower for African-Americans than for whites. In 1992, GAO found that racial differences, largely at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level, could not be completely explained by factors related to the decision-making process. This report examines how race and other fac...
Supplemental Security Income: SSA Could Enhance Its Ability to Detect Residency Violations
GAO-03-724: Published: Jul 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2003.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program paid about $35 million recipients in 2002. In recent years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has identified a general increase in the amount of annual overpayments made to (1) individuals who are found to have violated program residency requirements or (2) recipients who leave the United States and live outside the country for more than 30 con...
Electronic Disability Claims Processing: Social Security Administration's Accelerated Strategy Faces Significant Risks
GAO-03-984T: Published: Jul 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2003.
Providing benefits to disabled individuals is one of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) most important service delivery obligations--touching the lives of about 10 million individuals. In recent years, however, providing this benefit in a timely and efficient manner has become an increasing challenge for the agency. This past January, in fact, GAO designated SSA's disability programs as hi...
Social Security Disability: Reviews of Beneficiaries' Disability Status Require Continued Attention to Achieve Timeliness and Cost-Effectiveness
GAO-03-662: Published: Jul 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2003.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has had difficulty in conducting timely reviews of beneficiaries' cases to ensure they are still eligible for disability benefits. SSA has been taking steps to improve the cost-effectiveness of its review process. SSA has linked the review process to eligibility for a new benefit that provides return-to-work services. This report looks at SSA's ability to s...
Social Security: Analysis of Issues and Selected Reform Proposals
GAO-03-376T: Published: Jan 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2003.
Social Security not only represents the foundation of our retirement income system; it also provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivors' benefits. As a result, Social Security provides benefits that are critical to the current and future well-being of tens of millions of Americans. However, the system faces both solvency and sustainability challenges in the longer term....