Social Security Administration

Eliminate SSI overpayment administrative waivers

Currently, an SSI overpayment under $1000 can be automatically waived if the claimant just requests it. I understand that if a person appeals the overpayment, the cost to fight the appeal may outweigh the actual overpayment and would not be worth it, BUT the government should not automatically waive these. Today alone, I did 14 administrative waivers totaling $353; not alot of money but it all adds up! And this was ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Eliminate Retroactive SSI

We should not be giving retroactive needs based benefits. Logically it makes no sense to give retroactive benefits for a program that is intended to meet CURRENT and basic needs. In addition, we could save agency time and money by not having to conduct pre-effectuation reviews. It takes a lot of agency time and money to develop the income and resources and living arrangements for retroactive benefits. We have to control ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Implement smarter workstation replacement policies

It is a given that CPUs need to be replaced every so often to accommodate software upgrades and improve processing speeds. (Perhaps it is true that some agencies, such as SSA, replace them too frequently, but that is the subject of other SAVE Award ideas so I will not get into that here.) However, computer monitors have longer life cycles and so whenever agencies do a workstation replacement they should not simply replace ...more »

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Commission on Civil Rights

Please address concerns about management abuse

There are various examples where employees try to seek out assistance in order to alleviate very stressful situations with innapropriate management. Sometimes it is discrimation, other times is bulling, other times is just an issue with personality conflict or simply management acting innapropriately at work. If the agency continues to "brush" off these complaints by dismissing them quickly at the EEO levels, they are ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Overpayment Recovery SSA

NH and SSA Judges are confused by conflicting letters and inconsistent information. Judges reverse waiver decisions/denials due to poor communication. Correct by 1. do not sent out AERO recomputation/increase in benefits letters when an overpayment (O/P) exists, 2. letters should state reason for O/P i.e.: due to work and earnings, workers compensation or double check negotiation rather than simply "incorrect computation", ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Instead of a forced 6% reduction in pay a voluntary 32 hour week

In California the State workers endured the now famous "furlogh Fridays". However, when they were no longer forced to do this, many workers found that they wanted to continue to do this. Instead of a punitive 6% reduction, let's offer this option of a 4 day work week to the Federal Employees. I think that the GS-11's and above would readily volunteer for this while a 6% forced paycut might be catastrophic for the GS-6's ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Offer immunity* for turning self in for SSA overpayment / fraud

Offer *limited* immunity for turning self in for SSI or disability overpayment fraud. If we never find out, they will just be using that money and if caught, they rarely pay it (or all of it) back. Plus in many circumstances, it was partly the agency staff's fault - an overlook or something. This way, under certain circumstances (length of time, amount involved, number of people involved, etc.), some may turn themselves ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Earnings and Benefit Information Sharing Between SSA and VA

According to www.SSA.gov, the Social Security Administration web site, there are 9.4 million Veterans who receive Social Security benefits. Many Veterans receive pension (needs based), and not compensation, with the VA. Many Veterans receive SSI (needs based), and not Social Security beneifts, with SSA. There needs to be a monthly interface of earnings and benefit payment information between SSA and VA. The Veteran ...more »

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Department of Justice

Stop Voter Fraud (Felons, Illegal Aliens, Deceased, etc)

Require Federal and State agencies make use of the Social Security Administration “Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System” to enforce voter fraud laws. (1) Provide SSA with prisoner information necessary for determining voting eligibility such as, convicted felons (imprisoned or, released on parole or probation), illegal aliens, deceased persons, fraudulent voter registration. (2) Require States and voting authorities ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Online Medical Document Sharing between SSA and VA

The Social Security Administration processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged. The Department of Veterans Affairs processes disability claims. There are many, many thousands backlogged. There are hundreds of thousands of Veterans who file disability claims annually. Many of these Veterans are receiving, or have filed for, Social Security disability. In an electronic environment, and with ...more »

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Legislative Branch

SSA Disability $ Allocated For Mandatory Mental Health Treatment

With regard to disability benefits (Title 2 and Title 16) in mental health cases, a portion of the funds should be allocated to a local mental health facility where the person can receive adequate mental health treatment. Often times the disable person does not seek treatment with awarded benefits or parents do not seek treatment for their children. This course of action will insure that the disable individual receives ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Nationwide Clearinghouse For Validating Benefit/Aid Eligibility

Establish a nationwide electronic clearinghouse for all federal, state and local agencies/authorities to access when determining eligibility requirements prior to initiating, or continuing, benefits or assistance to individuals. Clearinghouse information will be provided by agencies identified as the sole source of data required for agencies to comply with their policy requirements. Some examples of sole source agencies ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Stop Paying Federal Benefits to Inmates

Ensure Federal Benefits Are Not Paid to Ineligible Incarcerated Individuals. To eliminate the waste of taxpayer money government wide and run the federal benefit programs with more efficiency and save money: (1) Identify U.S. Federal Agencies programs that provide federal benefits, aid or entitlement programs. (2) Determine policy requirements for benefit eligibility for individuals incarcerated in federal prisons. (3) ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Require Agency Use SSA's Inmate Database To Stop Inmate Benefits

Require all Federal Agencies that provide federal benefits or aid must use the Social Security Administration "Federal Benefit/Prisoner Data Exchange System" when determining benefit eligibility according to the agency policy requirement for individuals, or beneficiaries of individuals, incarcerated in federal prisons. (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/history/ssa/ssa2000chapter6.html) The Federal Bureau of Prisons currently ...more »

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