Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants may need financial aid for basic needs while Social Security is determining the applicant’s eligibility for SSI. As a result, State agencies may enter into an agreement with SSA to provide temporary assistance to SSI applicants. Under the agreement, State agencies provide individuals interim assistance from State funds. Upon determining the applicant’s eligibility for SSI, SSA reimburses the State for interim assistance payments made to recipients using State or local funds. SSA refers to this coordinated Federal/State effort as the Interim Assistance Reimbursement (IAR) program.
In this report, our objective was to determine whether SSA complied with its policies and procedures for the IAR program.