JUNE 30, 2000

February 2002 A-77-02-00009



We improve SSA programs and operations and protect them against fraud, waste, and abuse by conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations, and investigations. We provide timely, useful, and reliable information and advice to Administration officials, the Congress, and the public.


The Inspector General Act created independent audit and investigative units, called the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The mission of the OIG, as spelled out in the Act, is to:

Conduct and supervise independent and objective audits and investigations relating to agency programs and operations.

Promote economy, effectiveness, and efficiency within the agency.

Prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in agency programs and operations.

Review and make recommendations regarding existing and proposed legislation and regulations relating to agency programs and operations.

Keep the agency head and the Congress fully and currently informed of problems in agency programs and operations.

To ensure objectivity, the IG Act empowers the IG with:

Independence to determine what reviews to perform.

Access to all information necessary for the reviews.

Authority to publish findings and recommendations based on the reviews.


By conducting independent and objective audits, investigations, and evaluations, we are agents of positive change striving for continuous improvement in the Social Security Administration's programs, operations, and management and in our own office.


Office of the Inspector General

Refer To:


Date: FEB 27, 2002

To: EIlen Baese
Management Analysis and Audit Program Support Staff

From: Assistant I nspector General for Audit

Subject: Single Audit of the State of Minnesota for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2000 (A-77-02-00009)

This report presents the Social Security Administration's (SSA) portion of the single audit of the State of Minnesota for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2000. The Minnesota Legislative Auditor performed the audit. Results of the desk review conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have not been received. We will notify you when the results are received if HHS determines the auditdid not meet Federal requirements.

The Minnesota Disability Determination Services (DDS) performs disability determinations under SSA's Disability Insurance (Dl) and Supplemental SecurityIncome (SSI) programs in accordance with Federal regulations. The DDS is reimbursed for 100 percent of allowable costs. The Minnesota Department of Economic Security(DES) is the Minnesota DDS's parent agency.1

For single audit purposes, the Office of Management and Budget assigns Federal programs a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number. 88A's Dl and 881 programs are identified by CFDA number 96. 88A is responsible for resolving single audit findings reported under this CFDA number.

The single audit reported the following findings (see Appendix A)

Some DES employees had inappropriate access to mainframe data. The corrective action plan indicates that employee access is being reviewed and will be limited to employees with legitimate business needs.

DES did not properly maintain its security infrastructure. The corrective action plan indicates that a system is now in place to properly maintain DES' databases..

1 Organizationally, the DDS is under the Workforce Wage Assistance Branch within the Department of Economic Security.

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We recommend that SSA ensure that the DDS:

Limits access to mainframe data to only those employees with legitimate business needs.

Has adequate systems security procedures in place for safeguarding claimant information. .-

The single audit also disclosed the following findings that may impact DDS operations, although they were not specifically identified to SSA. I am bringing these matters to your attention as they represent potentially serious service delivery and financial control problems for the Agency (see Appendix B).

DES did not have procedures in place to adequately monitor manual checks .

The Department of Finance did not provide adequate direction to State agencies for certain types of financial transactions..

DES did not conduct independent quality control reviews of system batch jobs.

Computer controls were not in place at DES concerning employee access, accounts and passwords.

The Department of Administration did not have written security infrastructure procedures.

Please send copies of the final Audit Clearance Document to Mark Bailey in Kansas City and Paul Wood in Baltimore. If you have questions' contact Mark Bailey at (816) 936-5591.

Steven L. Schaeffer


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Overview of the Office of the Inspector General

Office of Audit

The Office of Audit (OA) conducts comprehensive financial and performance audits of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) programs and makes recommendations to ensure that program objectives are achieved effectively and efficiently. Financial audits, required by theChief Financial Officers Act of 1990, assess whether SSA’s financial statements fairly present the Agency’s financial position, results of operations, and cash flow. Performance audits review the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of SSA’s programs. OA also conducts short-term management and program evaluations focused on issues of concern to SSA, Congress, and the general public. Evaluations often focus on identifying and recommending ways to prevent and minimize program fraud and inefficiency.

Office of Executive Operations

The Office of Executive Operations (OEO) provides four functions for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) – administrative support, strategic planning, quality assurance, and public affairs. OEO supports the OIG components by providing information resources management; systems security; and the coordination of budget, procurement, telecommunications, facilities and equipment, and human resources. In addition, this Office coordinates and is responsible for the OIG’s strategic planning function and the development and implementation of performance measures required by the Government Performance and Results Act. The quality assurance division performs internal reviews to ensure that OIG offices nationwide hold themselves to the same rigorous standards that we expect from the Agency. This division also conducts employee investigations within OIG. The public affairs team communicates OIG’s planned and current activities and the results to the Commissioner and Congress, as well as other entities.

Office of Investigations

The Office of Investigations (OI) conducts and coordinates investigative activity related to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of SSA programs and operations. This includes wrongdoing by applicants, beneficiaries, contractors, physicians, interpreters, representative payees, third parties, and by SSA employees in the performance of their duties. OI also conducts joint investigations with other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.

Counsel to the Inspector General

The Counsel to the Inspector General provides legal advice and counsel to the Inspector General on various matters, including: 1) statutes, regulations, legislation, and policy directives governing the administration of SSA’s programs; 2) investigative procedures and techniques; and 3) legal implications and conclusions to be drawn from audit and investigative material produced by the OIG. The Counsel’s office also administers the civil monetary penalty program.