Administrative Costs Claimed by the Arizona Disability Determination Services
To (1) evaluate the Arizona Disability Determination Services’ (AZ-DDS) internal controls over the accounting and reporting of administrative costs;
(2) determine whether costs claimed were allowable and funds were properly drawn; and
(3) assess limited areas of the general security controls environment.
Disability determinations under the Social Security
Disability Insurance and
Income programs are performed by disability determination services (DDS) in each State or other responsible jurisdiction.
SSA reimburses the DDS for 100 percent of allowable expenditures up to its approved funding authorization.
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Twenty-nine (58 percent) of the 50 individuals in our random sample received 4 or 5 SSN replacement cards in 1 year even though they did not have a valid exclusion or exception for the additional cards. They received additional replacement cards beyond their annual limit because (1) SSA's systems detected a change in the type of evidence submitted to obtain an SSN card as an allowable legend change exclusion or (2) SSA issued replacement cards beyond the time limit permitted under the non-receipt exception. Projecting this finding to the population, we estimate that SSA erroneously issued SSN replacement cards to 947 individuals after they reached their annual limit. We also identified 17 individuals who received either 6 or more cards in a year or 4 or more cards during each of 2 calendar years. We determined that 12 (70 percent) of these 17 individuals received 1 or more replacement SSN cards in error.
We recommended that SSA:
SSA agreed with our recommendations.