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.
Improve the Timeliness and Quality of the Disability Process
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.
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.
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.