Federal social security programs (71 - 80 of 125 items)
SSA Overpayment Recovery
HEHS-96-104R: Published: Apr 30, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how the Social Security Administration (SSA) recovers overpayments of benefits. GAO found that: (1) SSA is precluded from upwardly adjusting the amount it withholds from a recipient's income or benefit to repay overpayments at the time of cost of living increases because it collects supplemental security income (SSI), retirement and survivors insur...
Social Security Trust Funds
AIMD-96-30R: Published: Dec 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 12, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Secretary of the Treasury's actions during the 1995 debt ceiling crisis, focusing on whether the Department of the Treasury followed normal investment and redemption policies regarding the Social Security trust funds. GAO noted that Treasury records show that the Secretary followed normal investment and redemption policies for all transactions...
Disability Insurance: Broader Management Focus Needed to Better Control Caseload
T-HEHS-95-164: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
GAO discussed the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program, focusing on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) initiatives to manage program growth. GAO noted that: (1) the number of disabled beneficiaries has significantly increased in the past 10 years, mainly due to increasing applications and awards, expansions in eligibility criteria, program outreach, and poor economic condition...
Social Security Administration: Leadership Challenges Accompany Transition to an Independent Agency
HEHS-95-59: Published: Feb 15, 1995. Publicly Released: Feb 15, 1995.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO: (1) evaluated the Social Security Administration's (SSA) and Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) transition plans; and (2) identified some of the policy changes SSA will face as an independent agency.GAO found that: (1) SSA and HHS have progressed towards the goal of SSA functioning as an independent agency; (2) HHS has successfully identified...
Social Security: GAO's Analysis of the Notch Issue
T-HEHS-94-236: Published: Sep 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1994.
GAO discussed the differences in Social Security benefits for retirees with similar work histories. GAO noted that: (1) retirees in the notch group who claim an inequity are comparing themselves to a group of retirees that receive benefits based on an overgenerous formula; (2) proposed legislative remedies for providing additional benefits to the notch group will be costly; (3) further diminishing...
Social Security Retirement Accounts
HEHS-94-226R: Published: Aug 12, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed proposed legislation to create a system of individual Social Security retirement accounts (ISSRA), focusing on the: (1) implications of H.R. 306 on the retirement income of individuals; and (2) key differences between H.R. 306 and the 1990 proposal. GAO noted that: (1) ISSRA could be integrated with the Social Security benefit structure and, given...
Social Security: Disability Rolls Keep Growing, While Explanations Remain Elusive
HEHS-94-34: Published: Feb 8, 1994. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the recent growth in social security disability insurance (DI) program beneficiaries, focusing on: (1) the reasons for the increase in DI beneficiaries; and (2) what information is needed to evaluate the program's potential for future growth.GAO found that: (1) the Social Security Administration (SSA) has forecasted that DI rolls will increase to o...
Social Security Administration: SSA Needs to Act Now to Assure World-Class Service
T-HRD-94-46: Published: Oct 28, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 1993.
GAO discussed the management of the Social Security Administration (SSA), focusing on actions that SSA should take to provide high-quality service to its beneficiaries. GAO noted that: (1) over the next 10 to 20 years, increasing numbers of claims from the baby boom generation will cause SSA workloads to significantly increase; (2) SSA needs to take several actions to improve its long-range planni...
Social Security: Sustained Effort Needed to Improve Management and Prepare for the Future
HRD-94-22: Published: Oct 27, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 1993.
GAO provided information on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) current and future operations, focusing on SSA progress in improving its strategic planning, information resource, human resource, and financial management systems.GAO found that: (1) SSA needs to improve its strategic planning process, establish accountability and evaluation systems, modernize its computer systems, resolve pro...