Administrative Costs Claimed by the Georgia Disability Adjudication Services

Monday, November 4, 2013
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Disability determination services (DDS) in each State or other responsible jurisdiction perform disability determinations under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. DDSs must perform such determinations in accordance with Federal law and regulations. Each DDS is responsible for determining claimants’ disabilities and ensuring adequate evidence is available to support its determinations.

To make proper disability determinations, SSA authorizes each DDS to purchase medical evidence to supplement evidence obtained from the claimants’ physicians or other treating sources. SSA reimburses the DDS for 100 percent of allowable expenditures up to its approved funding authorization.

The objective of this audit was to (1) evaluate the Georgia Disability Adjudication Services’ (GA-DAS) internal controls over the accounting and reporting of administrative costs; (2) determine whether the costs claimed were allowable and funds were properly drawn; and (3) assess, on a limited basis, the general security controls environment for the 6-month period October 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012.