Improve the Timeliness and Quality of the Disability Process

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

Puerto Rico Disability Determination Program

Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2012

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.

Date: 
Thu, 06/21/2012

New York State Disability Determination Program Indirect Costs

Date: 
Monday, May 21, 2012

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.

Date: 
Mon, 05/21/2012

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