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Vocational Rehabilitation: Earnings Increased for Many SSA Beneficiaries after Completing VR Services, but Few Earned Enough to Leave SSA's Disability Rolls
GAO-07-332: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
In 2005, about 10 million working-age people with disabilities were beneficiaries of federal income support programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA)--namely the Disability Insurance (DI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Both of these programs have grown dramatically over the past decade and the federal government's cost of providing these benefit...
Social Security Disability Programs: Clearer Guidance Could Help SSA Apply the Medical Improvement Standard More Consistently
GAO-07-8: Published: Oct 3, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 2, 2006.
The Social Security Act requires that the Social Security Administration (SSA) find an improvement in a beneficiary's medical condition in order to remove him or her from either the Disability Insurance (DI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. GAO was asked to (1) examine the proportion of beneficiaries who have improved medically and (2) determine if factors associated with the standa...
SSA's Disability Programs: Improvements Could Increase the Usefulness of Electronic Data for Program Oversight
GAO-05-100R: Published: Dec 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2004.
In 2003, we added the federal government's disability programs to our high-risk list in part because of difficulties agencies faced in managing these programs and the expected growth in the rolls as baby boomers reach their disability-prone years. The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the federal government's two largest disability programs, the Disability Insurance (DI) program and the...
Social Security Disability: Commissioner Proposes Strategy to Improve the Claims Process, but Faces Implementation Challenges
GAO-04-552T: Published: Mar 29, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2004.
Delivering high-quality service to the public in the form of fair, timely, and consistent eligibility decisions for disability benefits is one of SSA's most pressing challenges. This testimony discusses (1) the difficulties SSA faces managing disability claims processing; (2) the outmoded concepts of SSA's disability program; and (3) the Commissioner's strategy for improving the disability process...
Welfare Reform: Former TANF Recipients with Impairments Less Likely to Be Employed and More Likely to Receive Federal Supports
GAO-03-210: Published: Dec 6, 2002. Publicly Released: Dec 6, 2002.
Debates surrounding the reauthorization of welfare reform legislation have involved some discussion regarding outcomes for TANF recipients with physical or mental impairments. To inform this discussion, GAO was asked to report on (1) whether recipients with impairments were as likely to exit TANF as their counterparts without impairments and (2) the sources of income reported by leavers with and w...
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...
Welfare Reform: Outcomes for TANF Recipients with Impairments
GAO-02-884: Published: Jul 8, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 2002.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grants to states, which emphasizes work and responsibility over dependence on government benefits. GAO found that impairments are common among TANF recipients and their children, with 44 percent of TANF recipients reporting that they or their children had imp...
SSA Disability Programs: Fully Updating Disability Criteria Has Implications for Program Design
GAO-02-919T: Published: Jul 11, 2002. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2002.
Since the Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs began, much has changed and continues to change in medicine, technology, the economy, and societal views and expectations of people with disabilities. GAO found that scientific advances, changes in the nature of work, and social changes have generally enhanced the potential for people with disabilities to work. Med...
Social Security Disability: Multiple Factors Affect Return to Work
T-HEHS-99-82: Published: Mar 11, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed return-to-work issues facing the Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, focusing on: (1) structural and operational weaknesses in the current DI and SSI programs that impede return to work; (2) factors that working beneficiaries believe are helpful in becoming and staying employed; and (3) challenges that exist...
Social Security: Review of Disability Representatives
HEHS-99-50R: Published: Mar 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on disability representatives, focusing on: (1) the extent to which disability representatives contribute to Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) decisional delays; (2) other potential reasons for decisional delays; and (3) additional options available to SSA to ensure that disability decisions are...