Report Summary
Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General

December 2009

Disability Determination Services’ Staffing Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act


To assess the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) staffing plan associated with funds provided to disability determination services (DDS) under the American Recover and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).


ARRA provided SSA an additional $500 million to process retirement and disability workloads.  At the time of our review, $87 million of SSA’s ARRA funds had been allocated for labor costs of DDS employees and additional overtime, including indirect costs.

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Our Findings

SSA developed an appropriate plan for the $87 million in ARRA funds it was given to process disability workloads.  However, we identified the following matters for consideration to ensure ARRA funds are properly accounted for and efficiently used and their benefits are fully disclosed.

Matters for Consideration

SSA should consider: