Reduce Disability Backlogs and Improve Decisional Quality

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Statutory Benefit Continuation During the Appeals Process for Medical Cessations

Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

We issued this report to evaluate the financial impact on the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund and the General Fund of the U.S. Treasury when individuals continued receiving benefit payments during appeals of medical cessation determinations that administrative law judges (ALJ) upheld.

Date: 
Thu, 05/11/2017

Oversight of Administrative Law Judge Decisional Quality

Date: 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A claimant can appeal an administrative law judge's (ALJ) decision to deny or dismiss a disability case. Claimants file these appeals through a request for review to SSA’s Appeals Council (AC) in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). If the AC grants a review of the case, it will issue a fully favorable, partially favorable, or unfavorable decision; or it may remand the case to an ALJ. If the AC does not grant a case review, the earlier decision remains unchanged.

Date: 
Tue, 03/14/2017

Congressional Response Report: Disability Applications Denied Because of Claimants’ Ability to Work

Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

We issued this report to gather specific information on claimants who were denied Disability Insurance (DI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments because of their ability to work.

Date: 
Tue, 03/07/2017

Pre-effectuation Reviews of Favorable Hearing Decisions

Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Our objective was to determine whether the (1) Office of Disability Adjudication and Review timely processed its pre-effectuation reviews (PER) of favorable hearing decisions and (2) Office of Operations appropriately terminated benefits for claimants whose cases were denied or dismissed in the process. We also reviewed the costs and benefits of conducting the PERs.

Date: 
Tue, 02/07/2017

Reduce Disability Backlogs and Improve Decisional Quality

SSA is facing a considerable increase in initial and reconsideration disability claims, resulting in a significant backlog. The Agency received about 2.6 million initial claims and about 648,000 reconsideration claims in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. At the end of FY2016, SSA had over 568,000 initial disability claims pending.

Compassionate And Responsive Service Plan to Reduce Pending Hearings

Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

We issued this report to review the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review’s (ODAR) Compassionate And REsponsive Service (CARES) plan in terms of (1) content, (2) lessons learned from earlier initiatives, (3) communication with key parties, and (4) plans for measurement and monitoring.

Date: 
Fri, 09/30/2016

Characteristics of Claimants in the Social Security Administration’s Pending Hearings Backlog

Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016

We are issuing this report to provide information on the volume and age of pending hearing cases, the characteristics of the claimants awaiting a decision, and the status of pending cases.

Date: 
Thu, 09/29/2016

The Social Security Administration’s Plan to Achieve Self-Support Program

Date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

We issued this report to assess the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) management of the Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) program and its vulnerability to misuse.

Date: 
Tue, 09/27/2016

Individuals Who Have Appeals or New Claims After Cooperative Disability Investigations May Have Supported Prior Denial or Cessation Determinations

Date: 
Monday, August 8, 2016

We issued this report to determine whether electronic folders for subsequent appeals or new claims contained documentation of Cooperative Disability Investigation (CDI) Units’ reports of investigations (ROI) that may have provided evidence to support prior denial or cessation determinations.

Date: 
Mon, 08/08/2016

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