Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, focusing on program weaknesses that impede the Social Security Administration (SSA) from identifying and expanding beneficiaries' return-to-work capabilities.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Social Security Administration||1. The Commissioner of Social Security should take immediate action to place greater priority on return to work, including designing more effective means to more accurately identify and expand beneficiaries' work capacities and better implementing existing return-to-work mechanisms. As part of this effort, the Commissioner should develop a legislative package for those areas in which SSA does not currently have legislative authority to enact change in order to position the agency to expeditiously redirect its emphasis on return to work.|