Improve the Timeliness and Quality of the Disability Process

Accuracy of Claimant Representative Fees Paid on Title XVI Claims

Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Supplemental Security Income program is administered under Title XVI of the Social Security Act. The basic purpose of Title XVI is to provide a minimum level of support to qualified individuals who are blind, disabled, or aged and who have limited income and resources. To assist with obtaining Title XVI payments, claimants may appoint a qualified representative (attorney or non-attorney) to act on their behalf in matters before SSA.

Date: 
Wed, 06/17/2015

Single Audit of the State of Michigan for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013

Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Michigan Auditor General conducted the single audit of the State of Michigan. SSA is responsible for resolving single audit findings related to its Disability programs. Department of Human Services is the Michigan Disability Determination Services’ parent agency. The objective of our audit is to report internal control weaknesses, noncompliance issues, and unallowable costs identified in the single audit to Social Security Administration for resolution action.

Date: 
Wed, 06/17/2015

Single Audit of the State of Washington for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2014

Date: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Washington State Auditor conducted the single audit of the State of Washington. SSA is responsible for resolving single audit findings related to its disability programs. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is the Washington Division of Disability Determination Services’ (DDDS) parent agency.

The objective of this report is to report internal control weaknesses, noncompliance issues, and unallowable costs identified in the single audit to SSA for resolution.

Date: 
Thu, 06/04/2015

Indirect Costs Claimed by the Oregon Disability Determination Services

Date: 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Disability determinations under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs are performed by disability determination services (DDS) in each State in accordance with Federal regulations. Each DDS is responsible for determining claimants’ disabilities and ensuring adequate evidence is available to support its determinations.

Date: 
Tue, 06/02/2015

Disability Determination Services Processing Times

Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015

We are issuing this report to convey information related to State disability determination services (DDS) with Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 average processing times for initial disability claims that were outside the typical range of DDS processing times.

Date: 
Fri, 05/08/2015

The Social Security Administration’s Expansion of Health Information Technology

Date: 
Friday, May 1, 2015

SSA’s Medical Evidence Gathering and Analysis Through Health IT (MEGAHIT) system automatically obtains electronic records from SSA’s partners in minutes.

Date: 
Fri, 05/01/2015

Deficit Reduction Leave Payment to New York State Division of Disability Determination Employees

Date: 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In 2011, the Governor of New York negotiated with unions representing DDD employees to reduce workforce costs. One measure negotiated to reduce workforce costs was Deficit Reduction Leave (DRL). Per the DRL provision, the State reduced Division of Disability Determinations (DDD) employees’ salaries by the value of 9 days in Fiscal Years 2011 through 2013. The employees were required to take 9 days of DRL in those years.

Date: 
Tue, 04/14/2015

Qualifying for Disability Benefits in Puerto Rico Based on an Inability to Speak English

Date: 
Friday, April 3, 2015

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step sequential evaluation process for determining whether a claimant qualifies for disability benefits. In claims that reach the last step in the process, adjudicators use medical-vocational guidelines (grids) developed in the 1970s to guide them in deciding a claimant’s physical and vocational abilities to adjust to work in the national economy.

Date: 
Fri, 04/03/2015

Completeness of the Social Security Administration’s Disability Claims Files

Date: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Claimants are required to prove they are disabled by providing medical and other evidence of disability. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is responsible for making every reasonable effort to help the claimant get medical reports from medical sources. The Agency considers all evidence in the claimant’s case record when it makes any determination.

Date: 
Tue, 07/29/2014

The Medical Improvement Review Standard During Continuing Disability Reviews

Date: 
Monday, May 19, 2014

Under the Medical Improvement Review Standard (MIRS), an individual’s disability continues unless the (1) disabling condition has improved since the last favorable disability determination and (2) individual can engage in substantial gainful activity.

Date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014

Pages