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The Social Security Advisory Board Applauds New Law to Strengthen  Social Security’s Representative Payee Program
Posted on: 4/16/2018

On April 13, 2018 the president signed H.R. 4547, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation provides needed improvements to the representative payee program to better protect those who are unable to manage their Social Security benefits on their own.

New chart collection describes Social Security's representative payee program
Posted on: 1/12/2018
To accompany the Board's report, Improving Social Security’s Representative Payee Programan interactive chart collection has been published on the board’s website.  The chart collection highlights data related to the administration of the program and illustrates the growing need for rep payees in the future.
Board recommends improvements to rep payee programs at SSA and across government
Posted on: 1/11/2018

Today, the Social Security Advisory Board (board) is releasing the culmination of two years’ work pertaining to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) representative payee (rep payee) program. The report, Improving Social Security’s Representative Payee Program, outlines concrete steps to protect vulnerable beneficiaries and recipientsThe report includes recommendations for Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and SSA to strengthen the current administrative process, create better monitoring, and explore comprehensive, government-wide coordination and cross-agency reform of rep-payee processes. A link to these recommendations may be found here. To accompany the report, an interactive chart collection has been published on the board’s website.  The chart collection highlights data related to the administration of the program and emphasizes the growing need for rep payees in the future.

Board releases summary of roundtable on SSA's research agenda
Posted on: 11/17/2017

Today the Social Security Advisory Board announces the release of a new document: “Research Roundtable Summary: Participants’ views on a long-range research agenda for the Social Security Administration.” In August 2017, the board held a roundtable discussion in Washington, DC with scholars from around the country who were asked to suggest ideas for a long-range Social Security research agenda and to discuss the data needs they think are required to carry out that agenda. Additional scholars who did not attend the meeting submitted written suggestions. The document being released today summarizes thoughts and recommendations from over 30 individuals who participated in this process.

The Social Security Advisory Board Announces the Appointment of Nancy J. Altman
Posted on: 10/5/2017

Washington, D.C. – Ms. Nancy J. Altman has been appointed to the Social Security Advisory Board for a six-year term from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2023. 

Board releases 2016 Annual Report
Posted on: 9/1/2017

The Social Security Advisory Board announces the release of its 2016 Annual Report detailing the events, publications, meetings, and site visits completed by the Board during the calendar year 2016.

Social Security Advisory Board Announces Appointment of Kim Hildred as Chair
Posted on: 7/25/2017
The President has designated Kim Hildred as Chair of the Social Security Advisory Board for a four-year term ending January 21, 2021. Ms. Hildred assumes the post from Henry Aaron, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Technical Panel on Labor Force Participation Delivers Its Final Report to the Board
Posted on: 6/30/2017

Recognizing that future labor supply is an important determinant of future GDP, tax revenues, and other variables central to the projections of the Social Security Trustees, the Social Security Advisory Board commissioned a panel of labor economists to review the projections of labor force participation rates by the Office of the Chief Actuary, and make recommendation to improve them. The Panel delivered its final report to the Board, June 30th. The Office of the Chief Actuary also released a document describing its perspective on the findings of the Technical Panel. Both documents are available here along with other material related to the proceedings of the Panel.

Board Launches a New Series of Chart Collections on the Social Security Retirement Program
Posted on: 4/3/2017
To recognize April as National Social Security Month the Social Security Advisory Board is launching of a new set of charts and data related to retirement.
POLICY FORUM: Board Holds Public Forum on Making Improvements to the Rep Payee Program, March 27
Posted on: 2/14/2017

On March 27th, 2017, the Social Security Advisory Board hosted a public forum to discuss the Social Security Administration’s representative payee program. Currently, more than six million payees manage $80 billion in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 3.5 million adults and 4 million children determined to be incapable of managing their benefits. Projections indicate that the number of people needing assistance will increase dramatically in the coming decades as the population ages. The forum participants discussed the process of determining capacity, best practices, collaborative efforts and new approaches from the front lines, necessary oversight, program evaluation and preparing for the future. Visit the Forum homepage for more information. 

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