Administrative Costs Claimed by the Michigan Disability Determination Services
To evaluate the Michigan Disability Determination Services’ (MI-DDS) internal controls over the accounting and reporting of administrative costs; determine whether costs claimed by the MI-DDS were allowable and properly allocated, and funds were properly drawn; and assess limited areas of the general security controls environment. Our audit included the administrative costs claimed by the MI-DDS during Federal Fiscal Years (FY) 2006 and 2007.
The Disability Insurance (DI) program provides benefits to wage earners and their families in the event the wage earner becomes disabled. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides benefits to financially needy individuals who are aged, blind, and/or disabled. Disability determinations under both DI and SSI are performed by DDSs in each State and other responsible jurisdiction.To view the full report, visit http://www.ssa.gov/oig/ADOBEPDF/A-05-08-18017.pdf
Generally, MI-DDS had effective controls over the accounting and reporting of administrative costs. The costs MI-DDS claimed on Forms SSA-4513 for FYs 2006 and 2007—totaling $142,796,032—were allowable and properly allocated, and funds were properly drawn. However, we found the general security control environment could be improved. Specifically, MI-DDS’ security plan did not cover all the required parts outlined in SSA policy. In addition, MI-DDS did not maintain complete inventory records of computer equipment. Moreover, one retired contractor’s computer access was not properly terminated. Finally, SSA did not rescind excess funding authorization balances from FYs 1999 and 2001 of $16,588 and $6,985, respectively.
We recommend the SSA Regional Commissioner:
SSA and the Michigan Department of Human Services agreed with the recommendations.