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Social Security Reform: Answers to Key Questions
GAO-05-193SP: Published: May 2, 2005. Publicly Released: May 2, 2005.
The sooner our nation acts to address Social Security's long-term financial challenges, the easier it will be to successfully meet them. Once explained, the choices we face are not difficult to understand, but they are difficult to make. They affect both how much Americans pay for Social Security and how much they receive from the program. They require changes that not only will affect us but have...
Social Security: Reform Proposals Could Have a Variety of Effects on Distribution of Benefits and Payroll Taxes
GAO-04-872T: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
Under the current Social Security benefit formula, retired workers can receive benefits at age 65 that equal about 50 percent of preretirement earnings for an illustrative low-wage worker but only about 30 percent for an illustrative high-wage worker. Factors other than earnings also influence the distribution of benefits, including the program's provisions for disabled workers, spouses, children,...
Social Security: Issues in Evaluating Reform Proposals
GAO-02-288T: Published: Dec 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the long-term viability of the Social Security program. Social Security's Trust Funds will not be exhausted until 2038, but the trustees now project that the program's cash demands on the rest of the federal government will begin much sooner. Aiming for sustainable solvency would increase the chance that future policymakers would not have to face these difficult questions...
Social Security: Disability Programs Lag in Promoting Return to Work
T-HEHS-96-147: Published: Jun 5, 1996. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 1996.
GAO discussed Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program weaknesses that impede the Social Security Administration (SSA) from requiring beneficiaries to work. GAO noted that: (1) between 1985 and 1994, the combined DI and SSI beneficiary population increased 70 percent and the cost of cash benefits grew 66 percent; (2) these increases were due to eligi...
SSA Disability: Program Redesign Necessary to Encourage Return to Work
HEHS-96-62: Published: Apr 24, 1996. Publicly Released: May 23, 1996.
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.GAO found that: (1) between 1985 and 1994, the combined DI and SSI beneficiary pop...
Supplemental Security Income: Noncitizens Have Been a Major Source of Caseload Growth
T-HEHS-96-88: Published: Feb 6, 1996. Publicly Released: Feb 6, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the rapid growth in the number of noncitizen receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. GAO noted that: (1) noncitizens are the fastest growing segment of SSI beneficiaries, with an average annual growth rate of 15 percent since 1986; (2) noncitizens represent about one-third of aged SSI recipients and about 5.5 percent of disabled SSI...
Income Security Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-95-14(4): Published: Oct 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Income Security issue area as of October 2, 1995...
Supplemental Security Income: Disability Program Vulnerable to Applicant Fraud When Middlemen Are Used
HEHS-95-116: Published: Aug 31, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 5, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed fraudulent claims for disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, focusing on: (1) the extent of fraudulent applications submitted by non-English speaking immigrants using middlemen; (2) factors that contribute to SSI vulnerability to such fraudulent applications; and (3) government initiatives to combat such fraudulen...
Social Security Disability: Management Action and Program Redesign Needed to Address Long-Standing Problems
T-HEHS-95-233: Published: Aug 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) management of the Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. GAO noted that: (1) problems with SSA DI and SSI management include untimely and inconsistent claim decisions, insufficient continuing disability reviews (CDR) and beneficiary rehabilitation referrals, and poor wo...
Supplemental Security Income: Growth and Changes in Recipient Population Call for Reexamining Program
HEHS-95-137: Published: Jul 7, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1995.
GAO provided information on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, focusing on the factors contributing to caseload growth and changes in the characteristics of SSI recipients.GAO found that: (1) congressional actions and court decisions have broadened the population eligible for SSI program; (2) Congress has mandated outreach and publicity efforts to help overcome barriers to getting SSI...