GAO sets open priority recommendations for SSA in 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019

GAO sets open priority recommendations for SSA in 2019

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

In February 2018, the General Accountability Office (GAO) identified seven open priority recommendations for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Since then, the SSA has implemented three of those recommendations by, among other things, developing a plan to include physician-assisted fraud as part of its broader efforts to assess disability fraud risk.

As of January 2019, the SSA has four remaining open priority recommendations from those the GAO identified in 2018. These recommendations involve the following areas: .

  • reducing improper payments, and
  • increasing overpayment recovery.

The SSA's continued attention to these issues could lead to significant improvements in government operations

Why GAO Did This Study. Priority recommendations are open GAO recommendations that warrant priority attention from heads of key departments or agencies because their implementation could save large amounts of money; improve congressional and/or executive branch decision-making on major issues; eliminate mismanagement, fraud, and abuse; or ensure that programs comply with laws and that funds are legally spent, among other benefits. Since 2015, the GAO has sent letters to selected agencies to highlight the importance of implementing such recommendations.

The full text of the letter report can be viewed at

For more information, contact Elizabeth Curda at (202) 512-4040 or [email protected] (GAO-19-394SP, April 5, 2019).

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