Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) have been a major pressure point for the Social Security Administration (SSA) over the past few years. The purpose of these periodic reviews is to allow the SSA to evaluate a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipient’s continued entitlement to benefits. According to SSA’s estimates, every $1 spend on CDRs results in an estimated $9 return on investment by ensuring that only those who are truly disabled continue to benefit from the program.
Last week, Republican Senator Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary, authored a letter to SSA’s Acting Commissioner, Carolyn W. Colvin, inquiring into SSA’s plans to increase the number of CDRs to support maintenance of program integrity and reduction of improper payments.
In the letter, which can be read in its entirety on Senator Grassley’s website, the Senator from Iowa addresses head on the fact that SSA included in its 2014 budget request (see page 63 of SSA’s 2014 Budget Overview) a legislative proposal to bolster SSA’s integrity initiatives through the creation of a Program Integrity Administrative Expenses (PIAE) account. According to SSA’s budget overview, the proposed legislation “would provide a dependable source of mandatory funding to significantly ramp up our program integrity work, which ensures that only those eligible for benefits continue to receive them.” (more…)