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Social Security: A-02-07-17075

Social Security: A-02-07-17075

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 Inspector General Statement on theSocial Security Administration’s Major Management Challenges
 November 2006 
By conducting independent and objective audits, evaluations and investigations,we inspire public confidence in the integrity and security of SSA’s programs andoperations and protect them against fraud, waste and abuse. We provide timely,useful and reliable information and advice to Administration officials, Congressand 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 spelledout in the Act, is to:
Conduct and supervise independent and objective audits andinvestigations relating to agency programs and operations.
Promote economy, effectiveness, and efficiency within the agency.
Prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in agency programs andoperations.
Review and make recommendations regarding existing and proposedlegislation and regulations relating to agency programs and operations.
Keep the agency head and the Congress fully and currently informed ofproblems in agency programs and operations.To ensure objectivity, the IG Act empowers the IG with:
Independence to determine what reviews to perform.
Access to all information necessary for the reviews.
Authority to publish findings and recommendations based on the reviews.
We strive for continual improvement in SSA’s programs, operations andmanagement by proactively seeking new ways to prevent and deter fraud, wasteand abuse. We commit to integrity and excellence by supporting an environmentthat provides a valuable public service while encouraging employee developmentand retention and fostering diversity and innovation.
November 3, 2006The Honorable Jo Anne B. BarnhartCommissionerDear Ms. Barnhart:In November 2000, the President signed the
Reports Consolidation Act of 2000 
(Pub. L. No. 106-531), which requires Inspectors General to provide a summary andassessment of the most serious management and performance challenges facingFederal agencies and the agencies’ progress in addressing them. This documentresponds to the requirement to include this Statement in the
Social Security Administration’s Fiscal Year 2006 Performance and Accountability Report 
.In November 2005, we identified six significant management issues facing the SocialSecurity Administration for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006.
Social Security NumberProtection
Management of the DisabilityProcess
Improper Payments andRecovery of Overpayments
Internal Control Environmentand Performance Measures
Systems Security and CriticalInfrastructure Protection
Service Delivery and ElectronicGovernment
I congratulate you on the progress you have made during FY 2006 in addressing thesechallenges. My office will continue to focus on these issues in the current FY. I lookforward to working with you to continue improving the Agency’s ability to address thesechallenges and meet its mission efficiently and effectively. I am providing you with theOffice of the Inspector General’s assessment of these six management challenges.Sincerely,
Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr.Inspector General

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