Given their size and complexity, federal disability programs are especially susceptible to misuse, misallocation, and outright fraud. Those who do not qualify and yet receive federal disability benefits jeopardize scarce resources for the truly disabled who depend on the program.
The bottom line is that reducing waste, fraud, and abuse in the disability system will strengthen Social Security and protect the disability system for the truly needy.
Millions of working-age Americans report a disability each year. While these reforms alone will not fix all problems facing the disability system, they are critical steps to improving the integrity of both SSDI and SSI, saving taxpayers billions of dollars, strengthening Social Security, and protecting resources for the truly disabled who can no longer work.