GAO reviewed the Beneficiary Rehabilitation Program (BRP) of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The primary purpose of BRP is to provide savings to the trust funds by returning as many disabled beneficiaries as possible to the work force, thereby terminating their social security disability benefits. GAO focused on the question of whether available data could be used to determine the program's effectiveness.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Health and Human Services||1. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should modify the Beneficiary Rehabilitation Program selection criteria to clarify that trust fund moneys should not be used to finance rehabilitation services for temporarily disabled individuals.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||2. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should work with the Department of Education to establish an administrative process for the Beneficiary Rehabilitation Program to reimburse the basic state rehabilitation program for the cost of services provided to disabled beneficiaries during the period it was expected that they would medically recover.|
|Department of Health and Human Services||3. The Secretary of Health and Human Services should require the SSA Commissioner to develop and implement a management information system for BRP.|