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Welfare: Summary of Administrative Problems Discussed in Past GAO Reports
HRD-88-29BR: Published: Nov 27, 1987. Publicly Released: May 31, 1988.
In response to a congressional request, GAO: (1) summarized the administrative problems it discussed in past reports on public assistance programs; and (2) provided questions for Congress to consider concerning welfare reform proposals.GAO found that the problems included: (1) overlapping of legislative and oversight responsibilities and a lack of consistency in terminology and definitions between...
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 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...
General Accounting Office's Overview of the Food Stamp Program
126718: Apr 17, 1985
GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Stamp Program's integrity and administration. Program errors continue to cause about $1 billion in overpayments to households that have been declared ineligible or that have received more than they are entitled to. Congress made changes in the program to encourage and facilitate program improvement, although some concerns still remain, incl...
Improvements Needed in the District's General Public Assistance Program
GGD-83-13: Published: Mar 3, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 3, 1983.
GAO reviewed the District of Columbia's General Public Assistance (GPA) program and recommended specific action which it believes will enhance the District's administration of the program.GAO found that some recipients worked and earned income in excess of allowable earnings or received unemployment compensation while they received GPA benefits. Increased use of the reports which list recipients w...
Improvements Needed in the SSI Oral Inquiry Process
120144: Feb 6, 1979
In April 1978, the Social Security Administration implemented a proposed regulation which affords persons making an oral inquiry about their possible eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits the same protection as a person making a written inquiry; that is, an opportunity to have their benefits computed from the date of inquiry provided they are found eligible after filing an ap...
Investigation of a Possible Welfare Fraud in a Rural Kentucky Area
MWD-76-5: Published: Jul 23, 1975. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1982.
No summary is currently available...
Legislative and Administrative Changes To Improve Verification of Welfare Recipients' Income Could Save Hundreds of Millions
HRD-82-9: Published: Jan 14, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 1982.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the manner in which income and asset information is used and verified by administering agencies to determine eligibility for federal assistance programs which provide benefits to needy individuals and families.GAO found that: (1) underreporting of income and assets by recipients of benefits from needs-based programs, whether deliberate or otherwise...
Federal and State Actions Needed To Overcome Problems in Administering the Title XX Program
HRD-81-8: Published: Oct 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 1980.
The title XX program, authorized by Social Security Act amendments, enables States to tailor social services programs to fit the needs of people in local communities. The social services are provided directly by public social services agencies or purchased from other public agencies and private profit or nonprofit organizations. The States must fund about 25 percent of their title XX program costs...
Review of Selected Aspects of Low Income Energy Assistance
HRD-80-121: Published: Sep 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1980.
GAO reviewed the 1980 Low Income Energy Assistance (LIEA) Program, with particular concentration on the Special Energy Allowance payments to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. GAO also examined the energy assistance payments to Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) recipients.The 1980 LIEA program established categorical eligibility for participants in the SSI program. States...