Improve the Timeliness and Quality of the Disability Process

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Examining Ways Social Security Can Improve the Disability Review Process

Date: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Good afternoon, Chairman Lankford, Ranking Member Speier, and Members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for inviting me to discuss the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) management of its disability programs. I appreciate your continued interest in this and other Agency-related issues.

Date: 
Wed, 04/09/2014

Continuing Oversight of Social Security's Disability Programs

Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Good morning, Chairman Lankford, Ranking Member Speier, and Members of the Subcommittee. I have appeared before Congress many times to discuss the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs, and how my office helps improve the effectiveness and integrity of those programs. I thank you for the invitation to testify today about these issues of critical importance to American taxpayers.

Date: 
Tue, 11/19/2013

Challenges of Achieving Fair and Consistent Disability Decisions

Date: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Good morning, Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Becerra, and members of the Subcommittee. It is a pleasure to appear before you, and we thank you for the invitation to testify today. I am joined by Heather Hermann, the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) National Coordinator for the Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) program. Today, we are discussing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Insurance (DI) program and the policies and initiatives the Agency relies on to ensure program integrity and payment accuracy.

Date: 
Wed, 03/20/2013

Joint Hearing on Eliminating the Disability Backlog

Date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Good Morning, Chairman Tanner, Chairman McDermott, Congressman Johnson, and Congressman Linder. Let me first thank you for your invitation to testify today. Your committees are staunch supporters of the work of the Office of the Inspector General, and I look forward to working with all of you on the many critical issues of great concern to us all.

Date: 
Tue, 03/24/2009

Hearing on Improving Social Security Disability Insurance Claim Processing in Ohio

Date: 
Monday, November 15, 2010

Good morning, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Voinovich.  It's a pleasure to appear before you, and I thank you for the invitation to be here today.  I’ve appeared before Congress several times to discuss the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability claims backlog and the Agency’s efforts to reduce that backlog so applicants eligible for benefits receive them as soon as possible.  Today, we are again looking at SSA's backlog in disability claims, focusing on efforts to improve disability claim processing here in Ohio. 

Date: 
Mon, 11/15/2010

Improve the Timeliness and Quality of the Disability Process

SSA is facing a considerable increase in initial and reconsideration disability claims, resulting in a significant backlog. The Agency received almost 2.8 million initial claims and more than 762,000 reconsideration claims in Fiscal Year 2014. In addition, in July 2015, SSA had over 668,000 initial disability claims pending.

The following reports address efforts to reduce this backlog and improve the timeliness and quality of the disability process.