Department of Veterans Affairs

STANDARDAZATION OF THE VA DISABLILTY AND COMPENSIATION PROCESS

I found through other retired veterans that the process, response time and the amount given for the SAME “disability varies by state and V.A. hospital. I.E. Texas Vet get 70% for a knee injury but a Kansas Vet gets 10%? A Florida Vets gets 50% for sleep Apnea but an Oklahoma Vet gets 0%? A California vet gets 20% for hypertension and a Virginia vet gets 0%? This money is being spent wrong and the vets who need it for ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Section 508 Office

Please set up a Section 508 office which can track widely used equipment and software so that agencies do not repeat each others work (buyaccessible does not do this). That office should also liasion with vendors to increase 508 awareness.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Treat veteran compensation claims as you would treat battlefield wounds

Process VA compensation claims as you would treat soldiers on the battlefield, that is: identify their needs as soon as possible, get them to the right place, in the hands of the right expert - and demand they be treated as expeditiously as safely possible. Create a joint VA/VSO/DOD task force to triage backlogged compensation claims. Task force will categorize claims into no more than 10 priority and classification ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Create Disability Cessation Appeal Pending Listings

I suggest that SSA create electronic listings available to employees and management to monitor disability medical cessation cases that are pending -- such data is not currently available. If this suggestion were implemented, SSA could avoid the unnecessary accumulation of potentially incorrect "continuing" payments being made to individuals appealing their initial benefit cessation decision. The savings of incorrect ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Case Tracking Website Allows Claimants to Check Status of SSI Disability Claim.

After an individual applies for SSI Disability benefits (Title 16), he/she calls the Social Security Administration’s 800 number or calls/visits the Field Office to inquire on the status of the claim. Some of these claims can take a long time to make it to the adjudication level, therefore the claimant or his/her representative will contact SSA numerous times through the waiting process. This current process is taxing ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Incentives for Out Performing Quotas or Monthly Goals

I believe that employee morale and as a result, productivity, would be greatly improved if management spent as much time offering congrats and thank-you incentives to employees who meet or exceed performance goals, especially those who exceed goals and help the whole office's numbers, rather than spending so much time and attention on how the office need to be more efficient, more productive. Because if you are an employee ...more »

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Social Security Administration

New DOT Listing of Occupations for ALJs

SSA is working on an "Occupational Information System" (OIS) to replace the DOT for use by disability adjudicators. One phase of the OIS project is to contract-out the job of creating an updated list of occupations in the USA. This will be extremely expensive. Before taking this drastic step, I suggest we use the Vocational Experts (VE) our hearing offices already contract with to create (or at least start) this list. ...more »

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Social Security Administration

SSI FOR AGED INDVIDUALS ONLY--NO KIDS OR ADULTS IF YOU HAVEN'T EVER WORKED IN YOUR LIFE!

Too many times in the FO's we see kids being brought in to apply for SSI and adults who have never worked a day in their life or have barely had any work at all. This is putting a HUGE burden on me and you the TAX PAYERS of AMERICA. Disability is meant to be a program to help replace LOST INCOME due to a disabiling condition. So why should we all have to continually pay for those who refuse to work (even though many are ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Deny Fraudulent Disability Applicants

Once a disability applicant is caught in fraud, after his/her case is denied, that person can still apply for benefits over and over again. Many do just that. Therefore, there should be the option of withholding the ability to re-apply for a period of time after fraud is discovered. For example, no matter what injury the person may incur, s/he cannot apply for benefits for three years. This would save a tremendous amount ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Attempt Disability fraud? Pay a fine.

Social Security Disability typically does nothing to applicants caught in fraud beyond denying their disability claim or stopping their check. Criminal prosecution is an option, albeit a difficult one due to court costs and crowded prisons. A more cost-efficient and reasonable option for fraud prosecution would be to impose penalties similar to a traffic ticket. $300 seems reasonable. This would likely deter further fraudulent ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Combating fraud, saving billions

I suggest you expand CDI programs throughout the country. It has been well demonstrated that the CDI units combined have saved more than one billion dollars thus far by uncovering fraudulent Social Security Disability claims. An initial investment to provide each state with at least one CDI unit and a trial of further expanding the program into satellite offices would provide worthy returns in a cost-benefit analysis. ...more »

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Department of Education

Student Career Path Aptitude

I suggest that every person who wants to go into a given health care career (EMT, nursing home care, nursing home administration, nursing of any kind, emergency room care, doctor, alzheimer's/dementia care unit, etc) find out before they get too deep into college/training if they have the empathy and caring to handle the rigors of the job they are getting into. How to do this? “Volunteer” and get student credit for ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Disability prototype - MAKE A DECISION!

The Social Security Administration started a project to determine if it makes sense to consolidate the current four step appeal process to a more efficient and less costly two step process. This process started in 1994 and was reviewed in 2000. It is now 2010, demand for DDS services continues to grow, staffing in some states are being cut and no determination has been made on this issue. It seems obvious that the ...more »

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Social Security Administration

Social Security Disability Benefits for "Younger" Persons

Social Security disability benefits for persons under age 45 should be based on "medical considerations" alone. If you are a "younger person" (under age 45), it is extremely difficult to qualify for benefits late in the process when vocational factors (age, education, job skills) are considered. I suggest we shorten the evaluation process so that when persons under age 45 are found "not disabled" at step 3 (the Listings ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Electronic meeting materials save paper and provide access for people with disabilities.

Electronic handouts and other meeting materials sent out before the meeting allow people with disabilities to read them on their own computer using using whatever assistive technology they need. That way they can be familiar with the materials before the meeting. This is very helpful if a person needs large font, high contrast, or cannot see paper handouts. Having handouts in electronic format allows you to project them ...more »

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