FRANKFORT, KY (Oct. 16, 2003) – A recently released report by the state Auditor of Public Accounts identified no evidence of fraud or abuse in the state’s Disability Determination Services office of the Cabinet for Families and Children. The office of Disability Determination Services assesses applicant eligibility for Supplemental Security Income.
"We are pleased the auditor’s review of DDS turned up no actual instances of fraud or abuse," said Stephen Jones, Commissioner of DDS. "As always, we welcome the APA’s scrutiny of cabinet programs and will certainly review with federal officials the findings and recommendations in the report."
Despite citing no evidence of fraud in the state’s DDS operations, the auditor’s report was generally critical of the cabinet for failing to "proactively identify fraud".
While detecting and preventing fraud in the SSI program are primarily functions of the federal Social Security Administration, and not central to the state’s role in disability determination, fraud is not ignored by the state DDS.
Kentucky’s DDS is among the highest performing and most accurate and efficient offices in the nation according to the federal SSA. Jones said Kentucky meets and often exceeds federal standards for program administration, including measures designed to detect and prevent fraud.
Jones also said the report’s claims that SSI fraud may cause disabled persons to be denied benefits are wholly without merit.
The full text of the auditor’s report, including the cabinet’s point-by-point response and federal SSA response, is posted on the Internet at http://www.kyauditor.net/Public/Audit_Reports/Archive/2003SSIAppFraudDetEfforts.pdf.