The independent certified public accounting firm that audited SSA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 financial statements shared its concerns with us regarding the impact reduced funding had on stewardship activities. Specifically, these concerns pertained to how reduced funding had
We completed other audits that address the concerns regarding field office performance, service, and completion of workloads. This review focused on medical CDRs and non-medical redeterminations—SSA’s predominant program integrity tools. 1. reduced SSA’s ability to complete critical workloads, 2. increased the continuing disability review (CDR) backlog, 3. decreased Supplemental Security Income (SSI) redeterminations, and 4. resulted in field offices reducing the hours they were open to the public.
Our objective was to review SSA's progress in completing program integrity work despite congressional appropriations that were generally lower than the Agency requested during the annual budget process.