THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
AUDIT OF THE
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED
JUNE 30, 2003
MANAGEMENT ADVISORY REPORT
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.
Date: December 2, 2004
To: Candace Skurnik
Director Audit Management and Liaison Staff
From: Assistant Inspector General for Audit
Subject: Management Advisory Report: Single Audit of the State of South Carolina for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2003 (A-77-05-00003)
This report presents the Social Security Administration's (SSA) portion of the single audit of the State of South Carolina for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2003. Our objective was to report internal control weaknesses, noncompliance issues, and unallowable costs identified in the single audit to SSA for resolution action.
The South Carolina State Auditor performed the audit. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concluded that the audit met Federal requirements. In reporting the results of the single audit, we relied entirely on the internal control and compliance work performed by the South Carolina State Auditor and the reviews performed by HHS.
For single audit purposes, the Office of Management and Budget assigns Federal programs a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number. SSA's Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs are identified by CFDA number 96. SSA is responsible for resolving single audit findings reported under this CFDA number.
The South Carolina Disability Determination Services (DDS) performs disability determinations under SSA's DI and SSI programs in accordance with Federal regulations. The DDS is reimbursed for 100 percent of allowable costs. The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR) is the South Carolina DDS' parent agency.
The single audit reported that:
1. SSA was overcharged $237,151 in indirect costs. This occurred because the
direct salary base used to calculate indirect costs was not accurate. The corrective
action plan indicated that VR implemented an approved cost allocation plan in
July 2003 that distributes indirect costs in an equitable manner (Attachment
A, pages 1, 2, and 6).
2. Documentation was not maintained to support an expenditure charged to SSA. The corrective action plan indicated that procedures will be initiated to correct the deficiency (Attachment A, pages 3, 4, and 6).
We recommend that SSA:
1. Instruct the DDS to refund $237,151 in unallowable indirect costs.
2. Work with VR to ensure indirect costs charged to its programs are distributed in an equitable manner.
3. Remind the DDS to maintain documentation to support its expenditures.
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.
" VR allowed expenditure reimbursement for employee travel not related to the program (see Attachment B, pages 1 and 2).
" The State's indirect cost rate was not applied in a manner that resulted in an equitable allocation of indirect administrative costs to its programs (see Attachment B, pages 3 and 4).
Please send copies of the final Audit Clearance Document to Shannon Agee and Rona Rustigian. If you have questions contact Shannon Agee at (816) 936 5590.
Steven L. Schaeffer
Overview of the Office of the Inspector General
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is comprised of our Office of Investigations (OI), Office of Audit (OA), Office of the Chief Counsel to the Inspector General (OCCIG), and Office of Executive Operations (OEO). To ensure compliance with policies and procedures, internal controls, and professional standards, we also have a comprehensive Professional Responsibility and Quality Assurance program.
Office of Audit
OA conducts and/or supervises financial and performance audits of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) programs and operations and makes recommendations to ensure program objectives are achieved effectively and efficiently. Financial audits assess whether SSA's financial statements fairly present SSA's financial position, results of operations, and cash flow. Performance audits review the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of SSA's programs and operations. OA also conducts short-term management and program evaluations and projects on issues of concern to SSA, Congress, and the general public.
Office of Investigations
OI conducts and coordinates investigative activity related to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in SSA programs and operations. This includes wrongdoing by applicants, beneficiaries, contractors, third parties, or SSA employees performing their official duties. This office serves as OIG liaison to the Department of Justice on all matters relating to the investigations of SSA programs and personnel. OI also conducts joint investigations with other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.
Office of the Chief Counsel to the Inspector General
OCCIG provides independent legal advice and counsel to the IG on various matters, including statutes, regulations, legislation, and policy directives. OCCIG also advises the IG on investigative procedures and techniques, as well as on legal implications and conclusions to be drawn from audit and investigative material. Finally, OCCIG administers the Civil Monetary Penalty program.
Office of Executive Operations
OEO supports OIG by providing information resource management and systems security. OEO also coordinates OIG's budget, procurement, telecommunications, facilities, and human resources. In addition, OEO is the focal point for OIG's strategic planning function and the development and implementation of performance measures required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993.