Improve the Timeliness and Quality of the Disability Process

Bonus Payments Made to California Disability Determination Services’ Employees

Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In this report, we sought to determine whether the California Disability Determination Services had adequate controls to ensure bonus payments made to its employees were proper.

Date: 
Wed, 09/11/2013

Administrative Costs Claimed by the Tennessee Disability Determination Services

Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Disability determination services (DDS) in each State or other responsible jurisdiction perform disability determinations under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. DDSs must perform such determinations in accordance with Federal law and regulations. Each DDS is responsible for determining claimants’ disabilities and ensuring adequate evidence is available to support its determinations.

Date: 
Wed, 05/22/2013

Challenges of Achieving Fair and Consistent Disability Decisions

Date: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Good morning, Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Becerra, and members of the Subcommittee. It is a pleasure to appear before you, and we thank you for the invitation to testify today. I am joined by Heather Hermann, the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) National Coordinator for the Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) program. Today, we are discussing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Insurance (DI) program and the policies and initiatives the Agency relies on to ensure program integrity and payment accuracy.

Date: 
Wed, 03/20/2013

Sanctioned Medical Providers and Medical Evidence of Record

Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has the authority to exclude individuals and entities from federally funded health care programs and maintains the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities —a list of all excluded individuals and entities, also known as sanctioned medical providers (SMP). On October 3, 2012, Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Disability Programs asked us to review SMPs in SSA’s medical evidence of record (MER) files.

Date: 
Fri, 02/08/2013

Administrative Costs Claimed by the Texas Disability Determination Services

Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2013

Disability determination services (DDS) in each State or other responsible jurisdiction perform disability determinations under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs according to Federal law and regulations. Each DDS is responsible for determining claimants’ disabilities and ensuring adequate evidence is available to support its determinations.

Date: 
Mon, 02/04/2013

Congressional Response Report: The Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium

Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Our objective was to answer specific questions from the Subcommittee on Social Security regarding the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Research Consortium (DRC) grants.  The DRC is designed to establish a disability research program that meets SSA’s growing need for research-based information on matters related to program and public policy.

Date: 
Fri, 02/01/2013

Individuals Hiding Self-Employment Income to Receive Disability Insurance Benefits

Date: 
Friday, January 11, 2013

Self-employed individuals annually report self-employment income (SEI) to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS then provides the Social Security Administration this SEI information, which is posted to SSA’s Master Earnings File and used to determine eligibility for retirement, survivors, disability, and health insurance benefits as well as to calculate benefit amounts.

Date: 
Fri, 01/11/2013

Personnel Costs and Hiring Practices of the Georgia Disability Adjudication Services

Date: 
Thursday, December 20, 2012

 In this review, we (1) evaluated the Georgia Disability Adjudication Services’ (GA-DAS) internal controls over the accounting and reporting of personnel costs; (2) determined whether the personnel costs claimed by GA-DAS were accurate and allowable, and funds were properly drawn for these costs; and (3) determined whether GA-DAS complied with SSA policies, procedures, and guidelines when hiring personnel.

Date: 
Thu, 12/20/2012

Termination of Disability Benefits Following a Continuing Disability Review Cessation Determination

Date: 
Thursday, November 1, 2012

SSA conducts continuing disability reviews (CDRs) on Disability Insurance beneficiaries and SSI recipients to determine whether they remain medically eligible for disability payments. A decision to discontinue benefits is made when a CDR reveals the individual no longer meets the medical requirements of disability benefits, referred to as medical cessation determinations. SSA should inform the individual of its decision and discontinue payments two months after the cessation determination.

Date: 
Thu, 11/01/2012

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