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Social Security Disability Programs: Survey of Disability Determination Services Directors, an E-supplement to GAO-07-8
GAO-07-4SP: Published: Oct 3, 2006. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2006.
This document presents selected results of GAO's web-based survey of directors of state agencies responsible for determining whether Social Security disability beneficiaries remain eligible for benefits, given their current medical condition. These agencies, called Disability Determination Services, conduct periodic continuing disability reviews to determine whether beneficiaries' medical conditio...
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...
SSA and VA Disability Programs: Re-Examination of Disability Criteria Needed to Help Ensure Program Integrity
GAO-02-597: Published: Aug 9, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2002.
The three largest disability programs collectively provided $89.7 billion in cash benefits to 10.2 million adults in 2001. However, the Disability Insurance (DI) program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, and VA disability criteria reflect neither medical and technological advances nor the labor market changes that affect the skills needed to perform work and work settings. If these fede...
SSA Disability: Other Programs May Provide Lessons for Improving Return-to-Work Efforts
GAO-01-153: Published: Jan 12, 2001. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2001.
Return-to-work practices used in the private sector and in foreign countries reflect the understanding that some people with disabilities can and do return to work. Although the Social Security Administration (SSA) has begun to focus more on return to work, it has yet to adopt a complete strategy for implementing this new approach. The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 is...
SSA Disability Redesign: Actions Needed to Enhance Future Progress
HEHS-99-25: Published: Mar 12, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) efforts to redesign its disability claims process; and (2) identified actions that SSA could take to better ensure future progress.GAO noted that: (1) even with its scaled-back plan, SSA has been unable to keep its redesign activities on schedule and to demonstrate that its proposed changes will signi...
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...
Social Security Disability Insurance: Multiple Factors Affect Beneficiaries' Ability to Return to Work
HEHS-98-39: Published: Jan 12, 1998. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program, focusing on: (1) the self-reported health and functional status of DI beneficiaries who work while still on the rolls; (2) the occupations, earnings, and benefits of working beneficiaries; (3) factors that working beneficiaries believe were helpful in becoming employed; and (4) working benefici...
Social Security Disability: SSA Must Hold Itself Accountable for Continued Improvement in Decision-making
HEHS-97-102: Published: Aug 12, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) decisionmaking process for disability determinations and efforts to improve the process, focusing on: (1) factors that contribute to differences between disability determination services' (DDS) and administrative law judges' (ALJ) decisions; and (2) SSA's actions to make decisions in initial and appealed c...
Social Security: Disability Programs Lag in Promoting Return to Work
HEHS-97-46: Published: Mar 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1997.
GAO updated information in previous reports regarding the Social Security Administration's (SSA) return-to-work program for Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries. Although GAO did not independently verify the data used in the analysis of this report, the data cited came from either U.S. government data systems or issue area experts.GAO noted that: (1) desig...
SSA: Supplemental Security Income--Determining Disability for a Child Under Age 18 and Interim Final Rules with Request for Comments
OGC-97-23: Published: Feb 26, 1997. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new interim final rule on determining disability for a child under age 18 for the Supplemental Security Income program. GAO noted that: (1) this rule would implement the childhood disability provisions of sections 211 and 212 of Public Law 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconci...