Supplemental security income (51 - 60 of 292 items)
Social Security Disability: Disappointing Results from SSA's Efforts to Improve the Disability Claims Process Warrant Immediate Attention
GAO-02-322: Published: Feb 4, 2002. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 2002.
The number of people applying for benefits from the Social Security Administration's (SSA) two disability programs grew dramatically during the 1990s. As a result, the Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Programs began to experience huge backlogs of undecided claims. SSA has spent $39 million during the past seven years on various initiatives to help it better manage its caseloads and e...
Means-Tested Programs: Determining Financial Eligibility Is Cumbersome and Can Be Simplified
GAO-02-58: Published: Nov 2, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2001.
About 80 means-tested federal programs assisted low-income people in 1998. GAO reviewed 11 programs that assisted families and individuals with income, food, medical assistance, and housing. Despite substantial overlap in the populations they serve, the 11 programs varied significantly in their financial eligibility rules. At the most basic level, the dollar levels of the income limits--the maximu...
Welfare Reform: More Coordinated Federal Effort Could Help States and Localities Move TANF Recipients With Impairments Toward Employment
GAO-02-37: Published: Oct 31, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 2001.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 significantly changed federal welfare policy for low-income families with children. The act eliminated eligible families' legal entitlement to cash assistance and created Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grants to states. TANF emphasizes the importance of work and personal responsibility rather than dep...
Workers' Compensation: Action Needed to Reduce Payment Errors in SSA Disability and Other Programs
GAO-01-367: Published: May 4, 2001. Publicly Released: May 4, 2001.
This report discusses how workers' compensation (WC) benefits affect benefit programs run by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and other agencies. GAO (1) examines the effects of WC benefits on SSA programs, focusing on SSA's progress in administering the WC offset provision; (2) discusses other federal programs whose benefit payments are also affected by WC benefits; and (3) discusses ways...
Social Security Reform: Potential Effects on SSA's Disability Programs and Beneficiaries
GAO-01-35: Published: Jan 24, 2001. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 2001.
There has been little analysis of how the various Social Security reform proposals might affect the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program. This report assesses the potential impact of these proposals on the solvency of the DI trust fund. GAO found that most disabled beneficiaries would receive higher benefits under the various Social Security reform proposals it reviewed than under a s...
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...
Social Security Administration: Longstanding Problems in SSA's Letters to the Public Need to Be Fixed
HEHS-00-179: Published: Sep 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the equality of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) letters to the public, focusing on the: (1) problems that make SSA's letters difficult to understand; and (2) status of SSA's actions to fix the problems.GAO noted that: (1) the majority of letters in each of the four categories GAO reviewed did not clearly communicate at least one of the f...
Social Security Administration: SSA's Letters to the Public Remain Difficult to Understand
T-HEHS-00-205: Published: Sep 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the letters the Social Security Administration (SSA) sends to the public, focusing on: (1) awarding Social Security benefits; (2) adjusting Social Security benefits; (3) awarding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program, benefits; and (4) adjusting SSI benefits.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's work showed that the majority of letters in each of the fou...
Social Security Administration: Supplemental Security Income: Determining Disability for a Child Under Age 18
OGC-00-70: Published: Sep 26, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2000.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new rule on supplemental security income for childhood disabilities. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise and finalize the interim rule published on February 11, 1997, which implemented the childhood disabilities provisions of Public Law 104-193; and (2) SSA complied with applicable requirements in...
Food Stamp Program: Data on Assistance for the Elderly
RCED-00-223R: Published: Jun 28, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food Stamp Program and its state activities to increase older Americans' participation and the number of elderly food stamp participants in each state.GAO noted: (1) states' activities to encourage elderly participation in the Food Stamp Program; (2) states' actions, during the last 3 years, to implement suggestions by the Food a...