Congressional Response Report: Disability Denials in 2009 in Buchanan, Oklahoma, and Dallas Counties

Date: 
Friday, April 25, 2014
Report Number: 
A-01-13-23072
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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On November 5, 2012, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), requested a review of disability denials in three specific counties. The Social Security Act defines disability as a medically determinable impairment(s) that prevents an adult from engaging in any substantial gainful activity and causes a child to have marked and severe functional limitations. To carry out the provisions in the Act, SSA put policies and procedures in place. For our review, we determined whether SSA (including the disability determination services [DDS]) followed certain policies and procedures when denying disability claims.