Report Summary
Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General

March 2010

Full Medical Continuing Disability Reviews


To determine the financial impact to the Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs as a result of conducting fewer full medical continuing disability reviews (CDR).


After an individual is determined to be disabled, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to conduct periodic CDRs to determine whether the individual continues to be disabled.

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Our Findings

The number of full medical CDRs SSA conducted in recent years has decreased, particularly between Fiscal Years (FY) 2004 and 2008 with a decline of approximately 65 percent.  According to SSA, resource limitations and increases in its core workloads prevented it from conducting full medical CDRs when they became due.  As a result, SSA estimates a backlog of over 1.5 million full medical CDRs will exist at the end of FY 2010.

SSA has made, and will continue to make, benefit payments to individuals who would no longer be eligible if the backlog of 1.5 million full medical CDRs had been conducted when they became due.