THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
AUDIT OF THE
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED
JUNE 30, 2006
MANAGEMENT ADVISORY REPORT
By conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations and investigations, we inspire public confidence in the integrity and security of SSA's programs and operations and protect them against fraud, waste and abuse. We provide timely, useful and reliable information and advice to Administration officials, 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.
We strive for continual improvement in SSA's programs, operations and management
by proactively seeking new ways to prevent and deter fraud, waste and abuse.
We commit to integrity and excellence by supporting an environment that provides
a valuable public service while encouraging employee development and retention
and fostering diversity and innovation.
Date: September 24, 2007
To: Candace Skurnik
Director Audit Management and Liaison Staff
From: Inspector General
Subject: Management Advisory Report: Single Audit of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2006 (A-77-07-00012)
This report presents the Social Security Administration's (SSA) portion of the single audit of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Commonwealth) for the fiscal year (FY) ended June 30, 2006. Our objective was to report internal control weaknesses, noncompliance issues, and unallowable costs identified in the single audit to SSA for resolution action.
Ernst & Young, LLP and the Pennsylvania Auditor General jointly 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 audit did not meet Federal requirements. In reporting the results of the single audit, we relied entirely on the internal control and compliance work performed by Ernst & Young and the Pennsylvania Auditor General, and the reviews performed by HHS. We conducted our review in accordance with the Quality Standards for Inspections issued by the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency.
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 Pennsylvania 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 Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) is the Pennsylvania DDS' parent agency.
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) within L&I provides vocational rehabilitation services to Social Security beneficiaries. SSA reimburses OVR for direct costs of items purchased for these individuals, and for indirect costs related to providing administrative, placement, and counseling services; and tracking and monitoring work activity.
The single audit reported that the:
1. Commonwealth is not in compliance with the Cash Management Improvement Act (CMIA) regulations and procedures for clearance pattern requirements and interest calculations. The corrective action plan indicated that a new check clearance study is underway to improve the timely draws of Federal funds (Attachment A, pages 1-10).
2. OVR did not retain documentation to support an SSA reimbursement of $64,177 for vocational rehabilitation services. The corrective action plan indicated that file retention procedures are being reviewed to determine what can be done to strengthen them (Attachment A, pages 11-13).
We recommend that SSA:
1. Confirm that funds drawn by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for disability program expenditures are in compliance with the CMIA agreement.
2. Validate whether the $64,177 reimbursement to OVR was appropriate.
3. Ensure that OVR established a sufficient process for maintaining documentation to support SSA reimbursements for vocational rehabilitation services.
The single audit also disclosed the following findings that may impact the 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.
Adequate documentation was not maintained to support that new service providers
were checked for debarment or suspension status on the List of Parties Excluded
from Federal Procurement and Nonprocurement Programs (Attachment B,
Internal controls over Personnel Costs were inadequate to ensure that employees time was correctly charged to the proper program and the semi-annual certifications were not included for all personnel (Attachment B, page 4).
Please send copies of the final Audit Clearance Document to Ken Bennett and Rona Lawson. If you have questions, contact Ken Bennett at (816) 936 5593.
Patrick P. O'Carroll, Jr.
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 Resource Management (ORM). 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 Resource Management
ORM supports OIG by providing information resource management and systems security. ORM also coordinates OIG's budget, procurement, telecommunications, facilities, and human resources. In addition, ORM 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.