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Social Security: Need for Better Coordination of Food Stamp Services for Social Security Clients
HRD-92-92: Published: Sep 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO determined whether: (1) taking food stamp applications for certain supplemental security income applicants at Social Security Administration (SSA) offices is working adequately; (2) Social Security program clients are being adequately informed of the availability of food stamps; (3) taking food stamp applications at SSA offices should be expanded to all S...
Social Security: Racial Difference in Disability Decisions
T-HRD-92-41: Published: Sep 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1992.
GAO discussed racial differences in the rates at which blacks and whites are allowed disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. GAO noted that: (1) in 1988, blacks had lower allowance rates than whites in both initial and appeals decisions; (2) in many cases, factors other than race could explain the racial difference in allo...
Social Security Disability: Growing Funding and Administrative Problems
T-HRD-92-28: Published: Apr 27, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1992.
GAO discussed financial and administrative problems facing the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs. GAO noted that: (1) factors that have led to increases in trust fund expenditures include rising disability application rates due to recent increases in unemployment rates, rising allowance rates at the state disability determination services and administrative law judge level...
Aging Issues: Related GAO Reports and Activities in Fiscal Year 1991
HRD-92-57: Published: Dec 17, 1991. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided a compilation of its fiscal year 1991 reports and testimonies regarding older Americans.GAO noted that the reports and testimonies included in the compilation cover such issues as federal health care activities, housing, income security, and social and community services...
Social Security Downsizing: Significant Savings but Some Service Quality and Operational Problems
HRD-91-63: Published: Mar 19, 1991. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA): (1) efforts in reducing its staff by 21 percent between fiscal years 1985 and 1990; and (2) ability to maintain adequate service quality throughout the downsizing period.GAO found that: (1) SSA timely completed its staff reduction and achieved $1.9 billion in cost savings for the 6-year period, with expec...
Social Security Administration--The First 6 Months of 800 Phone Service
T-HRD-89-15: Published: Apr 10, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1989.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) implementation of a nationwide toll-free telephone service. GAO found that SSA: (1) had a busy signal rate of about 17 percent during the first 3 months of its service, and rates of 43 and 35 percent during January and February 1989; (2) had a 9-percent busy signal rate in March 1989, after it implemented call routing staffing plans for peak...
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: Staff Reductions and Service Quality
HRD-87-139BR: Published: Sep 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the effect of staff reductions at the Social Security Administration (SSA) during the third quarter of fiscal year 1987, focusing on: (1) changes in staffing and performance for the quarter as compared to prior periods; and (2) allegations of deteriorating office performance.GAO found that: (1) SSA key performance indicators showed stable or improv...
Social Security: Staff Reductions and Service Quality
HRD-87-66: Published: Mar 10, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 1987.
GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) intention to reduce its staff by 21 percent through fiscal year 1990, specifically: (1) the quality of SSA service; (2) the effect of staff reductions on service; and (3) the nature and extent of past and planned staff reductions.GAO found that: (1) processing times for initial claims and appeals generally improved; (2) processing times for d...
Social Security Disability: Implementation of the Medical Improvement Review Standard
HRD-87-3BR: Published: Dec 16, 1986. Publicly Released: Jan 21, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO monitored the Social Security Administration's (SSA) and the state disability determination services' (DDS) implementation of the medical improvement review standard and reported on the SSA effort to resume continuing disability reviews (CDR).GAO found that: (1) SSA took more than a year to develop final regulations and procedures to implement the medica...