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.
Improve the Timeliness and Quality of the Disability Process
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.
This audit sought to determine whether administrative costs claimed were valid, supported, and accurately reported; indirect costs were valid and allowable; and Puerto Rico's Disability Determination Program's parent agency established a timeframe for resuming full responsibility for the issuance of administrative expense-related payments.
Our objective was to determine whether indirect costs claimed by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2008 and 2009 were allowable and properly allocated.
This report sought to evaluate the North Carolina Disability Determination Services' (DDS) internal controls over the accounting and reporting of administrative costs, to determine whether costs claimed by the North Carolina DDS were allowable and funds were properly drawn, and to assess limited areas of the general security controls environment.
In Fiscal Year 2010, the State disability determination services adjudicated over 4 million Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claims for SSA. During the same year, SSA’s Office of Quality Performance (OQP) reviewed over 500,000 claims, as required by the Social Security Act.