December 3, 2022

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Priority Open Recommendations: Social Security Administration

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What GAO Found

In June 2021, GAO identified four priority recommendations for the Social Security Administration (SSA).In June 2022, GAO identified two additional priority recommendations for SSA, bringing the total number to six. These recommendations involve the following areas:

  • ensuring program integrity,
  • protecting vulnerable beneficiaries, and
  • improving cybersecurity.

SSA’s attention to these issues could lead to significant improvements in government operations.

Why GAO Did This Study

Priority open recommendations are the 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 funds are legally spent, among other benefits. Since 2015 GAO has sent letters to selected agencies to highlight the importance of implementing such recommendations.

For more information, contact Cindy Brown Barnes (202) 512-7215 or brownbarnesc@gao.gov.

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