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Report: Social Security lax on disability claims

Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, potentially adding to the program's financial problems as it edges closer to the brink of insolvency, congressional investigators say in a new report.

Tags: disability benefits , Tom Coburn

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 11:04am EDT

OMB touts $4B in efficiency savings

Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post today that agencies have met half of President Obama's goal to save $8 billion by the end of 2013.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , OMB , budget , efficiencies , Interior , USDA , GSA , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:00pm EDT

SSA offers early retirement to 9,000 employees

To be eligible, employees must have 20 years of creditable service and be at least 50 years of age, or have at least 25 years of creditable service at any age, including five years of civilian service, according to an SSA email to Federal News Radio.

Tags: buyouts , retirement

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 10:02am EDT

Inspector General: SSA sitting on $134 million in uncashed checks

The inspector general for the Social Security Administration estimated the agency is sitting on about $134 million for benefit checks that sit uncashed by recipients for more than a year - money subsequently returned to the agency. But the IG report found most of the recipients who didn't cash their checks are still eligible for the assistance and the SSA could take additional steps to ensure they receive them.

Tags: Dean Landis , improper payments , SSA IG , Jack Moore , management , oversight

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 07:58pm EDT

Incomplete SSA records lead to payments to dead people

Information regarding a person's death is not always correctly transferred between the Social Security Administration's databases, according to a new report from the agency's inspector general. As a result, various agencies may be sending money to dead people or fraudsters.

Tags: improper payments , oversight , financial management , Tom Coburn , Esther Carey

Friday - 07/13/2012, 02:23pm EDT

2012 Causey Awards Winner - Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien, a human resources specialist in the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General, was nominated for leading the organization's telework initiative.

Tags: inspector general , telework , Causey Awards , Kevin OBrien , human capital

Monday - 07/16/2012, 04:21am EDT
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Federal Drive interviews -- June 15

Todd Ramsey of IBM and Jonathan Breul, executive director of the IBM Center for the Business of Government, offer the contractor's point of view on acquisition. Carolyn Colvin of the Social Security Administration details a new program to help veterans apply for disability. Roy Smith of ITG discusses the Rapid Acquisition Program.

Tags: Federal Drive , people , Todd Ramsey , Jonathan Breul , Carolyn Colvin , Roy Smith , IBM , ITG ,

Friday - 06/15/2012, 10:12am EDT

SSA to upgrade data network under $233M deal

The Social Security Administration awarded CenturyLink a follow-on deal under the Networx telecommunications contract.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , CenturyLink , Networx , telecommunications , Keith BieryGolick

Friday - 06/15/2012, 04:19pm EDT
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