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The good news at the Social Security Administration (SSA) is that more hearings are being scheduled, coming close to the rate of hearings going on three years ago before the great slowdown resulting in a backlog of over one million hearing level cases. Obviously, allowing delays to where one million hearing cases exists is a […]

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The May, 2016 report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) addressed the Disability Case Processing System (DCPS) being developed by SSA to perform its work. Since 2008 when SSA decided to proceed with the DCPS system, it has invested over $300M into the project and has endured many […]

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The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued its Audit Report dated November, 2015, entitled “Social Security Administration Employees with Conduct Issues Who Received Monetary Awards.” At first glance, all I could think was: “Huh?” So, I just had to read it to believe it. As it turns out, SSA […]

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The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued for the period of April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015 report in which it made the following statements: There have been $374M in questioned costs during this period Updated its estimate that SSA has made $16.8B in overpayments and had only […]

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The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued its Report on Management and Performance Challenges facing this administration. Reducing the Hearings Backlog and Prevent Its Recurrence Factors contributing to the increase in the number of pending hearings are (1) increase in the number of hearing requests, (2) a decrease in […]

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The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued its Audit Report dated November, 2015, entitled “Social Security Administration Employees with Conduct Issues Who Received Monetary Awards.” At first glance, all I could think was: “Huh?” So, I just had to read it to believe it. As it turns out, SSA […]

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Face it. The underlying policies of the Social Security Administration (SSA) are clearly lacking. There are no provisions for person to be only partially disabled or to assist employers in retaining disabled persons working in lesser roles. These deficiencies result in 90% of persons found disabled not returning to work. The failure to promote employment […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued its September, 2015 Audit Report entitled “The Social Security Administration’s Efforts to Eliminate the Hearings Backlog” in which it took SSA to task for its failure in its efforts in this regard. As of March, 2015, […]

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By Scott B. Elkind, Esq. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) addressed SSA’s anti-fraud training in its Congressional Response Report dated September, 2015. This was a follow-up report to OIG’s original report in 2014 which surveyed SSA’s anti-fraud training initiatives. In 2014, OIG worked with SSA to develop […]

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The Audit Report of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) on September, 2015 addressed the issue of pending overpayment collections. Overpayments occur when SSA improperly pays recipients too much money as a result of errors. Once recognized, these overpayments become debts owed to the government by the improperly […]

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