Strengthen Strategic and Tactical Planning

Single Decision Maker Model -- Authority to Make Certain Disability Determinations Without a Medical Consultant Signature

Thursday, August 8, 2013

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.

Thu, 08/08/2013

Child Support and the Supplemental Security Income Program

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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.

Thu, 07/25/2013

Impact of Increases in State Unemployment Rates on SSA's Disability Programs

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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.

Tue, 07/16/2013

Challenges Facing the Next Commissioner of Social Security

Friday, April 26, 2013

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.

Fri, 04/26/2013

National Support Center Cost Savings (Limited Distribution)

Friday, March 29, 2013

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.

Fri, 03/29/2013

Hearing Office Case Rotation Among Administrative Law Judges

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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."

Thu, 03/14/2013

IG Report: Homeland Security's Travel Data Could Help Identify SSI Recipients outside the United States

Contact: Jonathan Lasher
Phone: (410) 965-2671
The Social Security Administration (SSA) could potentially prevent hundreds of millions of dollars in overpayments by using travel data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients outside the United States, according to a recent report from SSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
Mon, 02/04/2013

Usefulness of Department of Homeland Security Travel Data to Identify Supplemental Security Income Recipients Who Are Outside the United States

Friday, February 1, 2013

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.


Fri, 02/01/2013

The Social Security Administration's Selection Process for Quick Disability Determinations

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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. 

Thu, 07/19/2012