Date: December 22, 2009
To: The Commissioner
From: Inspector General
Subject: Disability Determination Services’ Staffing Under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (A-07-09-29156)
The attached final report presents the results of our review. Our objective was to
assess the Social Security Administration’s staffing plan associated with funds provided
to disability determination services under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
If you wish to discuss the final report, please call me or have your staff contact
Steven L. Schaeffer, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, at (410) 965-9700.
Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr.
Disability Determination Services’
Staffing Under the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
By conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations and investigations,
we inspire public confidence in the integrity and security of SSA’s programs and
operations and protect them against fraud, waste and abuse. We provide timely,
useful and reliable information and advice to Administration officials, Congress
and the public.
The Inspector General Act created independent audit and investigative units,
called the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The mission of the OIG, as spelled
out in the Act, is to:
Conduct and supervise independent and objective audits and
investigations relating to agency programs and operations.
Promote economy, effectiveness, and efficiency within the agency.
Prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in agency programs and
Review and make recommendations regarding existing and proposed
legislation and regulations relating to agency programs and operations.
Keep the agency head and the Congress fully and currently informed of