Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Implementation of GAO Recommendations in Report on Rehabilitating Social Security Disability Insurance Beneficiaries

HRD-77-120: Published: Jul 7, 1977. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1977.

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In a May 13, 1976 report, GAO made recommendations as to rehabilitating disabled social security recipients to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). To determine whether the recommendations were being implemented, interviews were carried out with officials of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Social Security Administration, and HEW's Office of the Secretary. Documents relating to HEW's implementation activities were reviewed.

Both the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Social Security Administration have been implementing GAO's 1976 recommendations for administering the Beneficiary Rehabilitation Program. The most significant actions include: conducting program administrative reviews to evaluate program effectiveness and conformity with regulations, policies, and procedures; requiring State rehabilitation agencies to review active cases assigned to the trust fund program to ensure that special selection criteria are properly applied and certified; developing an outreach effort to notify disability beneficiaries of rehabilitation services; providing full-time staff in regional offices to provide technical assistance to the State agencies; introducing a new information system to improve feedback to the State agencies; implementing a training program for coordinators, supervisors, and counselors on basic aspects of the program; and developing plans for a manpower utilization study in both headquarters and regional offices.

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