SSA Needs To Determine the Cost Effectiveness of the SSI Redetermination Process and To Implement Recommendations Made for Eliminating Erroneous Payments

HRD-82-126: Published: Sep 2, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 2, 1982.

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GAO reported on a survey of the cost effectiveness of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) procedures and practices for redetermining a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient's continued eligibility and correct benefit amount to determine whether improvements in the process are needed.

GAO found that SSA needs alternative mechanisms to supplement the redetermination process for identifying and eliminating payment errors and that information furnished by recipients must be verified, as is required by statute, from independent and collateral sources. GAO also found that SSA has not developed a comprehensive approach, as previously recommended, to obtain and use all Government records to ensure the accuracy of SSI data. GAO was not able to determine the cost effectiveness of the redetermination process, because data on eligibility and benefit payment corrections made as a result of this process were not readily available.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Office of Assessment of SSA should consider implementing previously reported recommendations, including the adoption of alternative effective mechanisms that could be used for determining the changes in financial status of SSI recipients to control errors and reduce program costs.

    Agency Affected: Social Security Administration


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