Social Security:

Actions and Plans To Reduce Agency Staff

HRD-86-76BR: Published: Mar 17, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1986.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) plans and actions to reduce 17,000 full-time positions between fiscal year (FY) 1985 and FY 1990.

GAO found that: (1) FY 1985 reductions were primarily based on savings estimates for various procedural and system changes scheduled for that year; (2) nearly half of the FY 1985 staff reductions occurred in SSA regional and field offices; (3) claims representatives, data review technicians, and clerical positions accounted for most of the staff reductions; (4) FY 1985 savings were 24 percent below what SSA expected to achieve from planned staff changes; (5) SSA performance data was inconclusive regarding the effect that staff reductions have had on public service; and (6) although SSA plans for reductions beyond FY 1987, there are indications that many initiatives in its plan may not produce savings to the extent anticipated.

Oct 19, 2020

Jun 22, 2020

Apr 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020

Feb 10, 2020

Sep 9, 2019

Apr 10, 2019

  • employment icon, source: GAO

    Priority Open Recommendations:

    Department of Labor
    GAO-19-395SP: Published: Apr 3, 2019. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2019.

Apr 9, 2019

Apr 8, 2019

Mar 28, 2019

Looking for more? Browse all our products here