SSA's Disability Programs: Improvements Could Increase the Usefulness of Electronic Data for Program Oversight

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "In 2003, we added the federal government's disability programs to our high-risk list in part because of difficulties agencies faced in managing these programs and the expected growth in the rolls as baby boomers reach their disability-prone years. The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the federal government's two largest disability programs, the Disability Insurance (DI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which together paid out $91 billion in federal benefits to 11.4 million individuals with disabilities in 2003. To help address management difficulties and prepare for ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. December 10, 2004.

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Correspondence issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "In 2003, we added the federal government's disability programs to our high-risk list in part because of difficulties agencies faced in managing these programs and the expected growth in the rolls as baby boomers reach their disability-prone years. The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the federal government's two largest disability programs, the Disability Insurance (DI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which together paid out $91 billion in federal benefits to 11.4 million individuals with disabilities in 2003. To help address management difficulties and prepare for expected growth in the rolls, SSA must have reliable administrative data from its disability decision-making process to adequately understand the population it serves and the possible effect of proposed program changes on this population. However, in a prior study, we identified potential problems with the reliability of SSA's electronic administrative data. This report examines (1) the extent to which SSA collects useful and reliable electronic administrative data in order to effectively manage its DI and SSI programs and (2) whether ongoing and planned changes to SSA's computer systems and internal controls will address any weaknesses that we identified."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. SSA's Disability Programs: Improvements Could Increase the Usefulness of Electronic Data for Program Oversight, text, December 10, 2004; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc302916/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.