SSA reported it used PIs to gauge its progress in meeting strategic goals and objectives outlined in its Strategic Plan. We reviewed two performance indicators in SSA’s Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012: (1) Recruit and Hire Veterans and Disabled Veterans and (2) Employ Individuals with Targeted Disabilities.
Strengthen Strategic and Tactical Planning
SSA’s Single Decisionmaker (SDM) model authorizes disability examiners to make certain initial determinations without requiring a medical or psychological consultant’s signature.
In 1999, SSA started the SDM pilot in 10 disability determination services (DDS) sites—referred to as SDM prototype. Later in 1999, SSA expanded the pilot to an additional 10 DDS sites—referred to as SDM II. Therefore, 20 DDSs participated in the SDM pilot. The remaining 34 DDSs and Federal units did not have SDM authority.
In this report, we sought to demonstrate the potential monetary impact if legislation is enacted that allows SSA to require that all parents applying for or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments on behalf of their children file for child support, if appropriate, and to obtain and match State child support data with the SSI rolls to identify unreported child support payments that may impact SSI payments.
SSA has recently experienced a significant increase in initial applications for Title II and Title XVI disability benefits. In addition, the unemployment rate in the United States has increased substantially.
Good morning, Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Becerra, and members of the Subcommittee. It is a pleasure to appear before you, and I thank you for the invitation to testify today. I have appeared before your Subcommittee many times to discuss issues critical to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the services the Agency provides. Today, we are discussing the various challenges facing the next Commissioner of Social Security.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $500 million to replace the National Computer Center (NCC). The Office of the Inspector General has been tasked with providing oversight for the development and implementation of the NCC replacement.
The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) has established policies and procedures that govern the rotation of claims at its hearing locations. In general, a Hearing Office Chief ALJ ". . . assigns cases to ALJs from the master docket on a rotational basis, with the earliest (i.e., oldest) [requests for hearing] receiving priority, unless there is a special situation which requires a change in the order in which a case is assigned."
Generally, SSI recipients are ineligible for payments once they are absent from the United States for 30 consecutive days. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintains TECS, which is a system that collects, among other things, travel data on individuals who enter and leave the United States. Our objective was to determine the amount of Supplemental Security Income overpayments the Social Security Administration could identify using travel data.
Our objective was to identify disability cases with similar scores that, depending on the location of the disability determination services processing the case, may or may not have been identified as a Quick Disability Determination (QDD) case.