Beneficiaries Who Left the Social Security Administration’s Disability Programs from 2004 Through 2013

Date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Report Number: 
A-04-16-50064
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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We are issuing this report to convey information on the number of, and reasons for, beneficiaries leaving the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs from 2004 through 2013.

SSA manages two programs that provide benefits based on disability or blindness: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSDI program provides monthly benefits to insured disabled or blind adults covered by workers’ contributions to the Social Security trust funds. Certain family members may also be eligible for benefits from the person’s earnings record. The SSI program makes monthly payments to aged, disabled, or blind individuals (including children) who have limited income and resources. Both programs have various eligibility requirements.

We reviewed SSA’s annual statistics on SSDI and SSI for Calendar Years 2004 through 2013.