President's Budget Request Increases Funding for Program Integrity and Service Modernization

President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request allots $12.024 billion for Social Security’s administrative expenses. This amount replaces some of the cuts due to sequestration and allows the agency to build on its successes.

«With the requested FY 2015 funding level, we will be able to continue to increase our cost-effective program integrity work and enhance our vigorous fraud prevention efforts, improve our service to the American public, and modernize our service delivery,» said Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security.

The Acting Commissioner noted that Social Security has lost more than 12 percent of its workforce—11,000 employees—since 2011, but the proposed budget supports service modernization efforts that will help the agency do its job. «By investing in efforts such as implementing more online services, we can become more efficient and more responsive to the public, saving both time and money,» Colvin said.

Most of the increase in our FY 2015 budget is for program integrity work, including doubling the number of Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR) we complete compared to FY 2013. CDRs are periodic reevaluations of medical eligibility factors for disability recipients and save the agency billions of dollars each year. We estimate that our FY 2015 program integrity investments will save $9 in program savings for every $1 spent on CDRs, including Medicare and Medicaid savings.

With millions of Americans counting on Social Security at the most critical points in their lives, Acting Commissioner Colvin made clear that, «It is critical that Congress enacts President Obama’s budget proposal in a timely manner.»