TN 6 (04-16)
GN 04410.010 Retirement, Survivor, and Disability Insurance (RSDI) Quality Review
A. Introduction to RSDI quality reviews
The Office of Quality Review (OQR) monitors the quality of the RSDI program. OQR reviews determine payment accuracy and compliance with national instructions.
OQR uses the results from the ongoing and special studies to:
report to Congress on the financial health of the RSDI program;
identify program policy and systems areas for corrective action; and
assist other components in formulating operating policy.
B. Process for RSDI quality reviews
1. RSDI quality review
Below is a general overview of the RSDI quality review process.
The RSDI quality review verifies eligibility factors and determines the accuracy of payment amounts.
There are several ongoing reviews:
Stewardship is a review of ongoing Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) payments. Cases are selected from SSNs on which at least one RSDI beneficiary received a recurring payment.
Workers’ Compensation, Title II Postentitlement, Transaction Accuracy Review, and Work Continuing Disability Reviews target specific workloads under the RSDI program.
NOTE: OQR also conducts special studies in specific program areas.
OQR selects a random sample of cases each month based on recently processed transactions or updates to the MBR. Quality reviewers in OQR field sites throughout the country conduct reviews on the selected cases.
The quality review consists of one or more of the following actions by the OQR reviewer:
a review of the RSDI claims material and other documents and records related to the case;
a contact (mail or telephone) with the beneficiary or representative payee; and
contacts with third party collateral sources of information.
OQR prepares reports for publication and develops corrective action recommendations from the review data. Recommendations may take the form of legislative proposals or suggestions for changes in Program Operations Manual System (POMS) policy or procedures.
2. Quality review and contact with the public
Below is a description of the RSDI quality review and contact with the public.
For some reviews, the quality reviewer sends the beneficiary or representative payee an appointment letter to explain the purpose of any required interview and schedules an appointment.
The appointment letter provides the quality reviewer’s name and a telephone number of the OQR Field Site that the beneficiary or representative payee can call with questions regarding the quality review.
OQR uses mail and telephone to contact the beneficiary and third parties.
The beneficiary or representative payee may contact the field office (FO) or teleservice center (TSC) to verify the authenticity of the quality review or identity of the quality reviewer. When the FO or TSC receives an inquiry, they should query OQR’s website OQR Field Reviewers to verify that the interviewer is on the OQR field site’s list of field interviewers and provide the individual with information regarding the quality review.
3. OQR field site telephone contacts
You can find contact information for the OQR field sites at OQR Field Sites.