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REPORT TO THE BOARD: Independent Report on the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration Project Delivered to Board
Posted on: 5/25/2016

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 extended the Social Security Administration’s authority to conduct demonstration projects and mandated implementation of the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration Project to encourage work for those receiving Social Security disability benefits. SSAB commissioned Michael Wiseman, Research Professor of Public Policy, Public Administration, and Economics at The George Washington University to write a report to the Board evaluating the design of the new demonstration project. The report reflects the views solely of Prof. Wiseman.  

Henry Aaron delivers keynote address to SSDI Solutions Initiative
Posted on: 4/6/2016

Board Chair Henry J. Aaron delivered the keynote address to to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Solutions Initiative recommendations release event, sponsored by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in Washington DC, April 6, 2016. To read the remarks, click the read more link below. Video of his remarks is available courtesy of CRFB. Additional information about the SSDI Solutions initiative can be found on their website.

Board Members Publish Op-Ed on the Hiring of the Social Security's Administrative Law Judges
Posted on: 3/1/2016

Board chair Henry Aaron and Board member Lanhee Chen  have published an opinion piece in the news journal Politico addressing the need to revamp the process of hiring Administrative Law Judges for the Social Security Administration in order to reduce the backlog of over 1 million people waiting for a hearing on their Social Security disability claims. This article represents the views of the two individual Board members and is not an official publication on behalf of the entire Board.

IOM Report Reinforces the Need for Careful Review of  the SSI Children's Program
Posted on: 12/8/2015

Upcoming Social Security Advisory Board reports will highlight the need for a careful review of the Supplementary Security Income (SSI) program for children. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association "Children with Mental Disorders who Receive Disability Benefits-A Report from the IOM" provides detail on the number of children with mental and behavioral diagnoses who currently receive SSI and summarizes the main conclusions of an Institute of Medicine study published earlier this year. 
SSA should decide whether to continue the Single Decision Maker pilot, but more data is needed (updated)
Posted on: 7/8/2015

In 1999, SSA launched the Single Decision Maker (SDM) program—authorizing disability examiners to process some cases without a medical consultant’s sign off. The objective was to shorten the determination process, without degrading accuracy. Twenty case processing offices have had SDM authority for the past 16 years. In this issue brief, the Board notes that SSA has not generated sufficient data to adequately evaluate whether the SDM program should terminated or expanded to all offices. 

UPDATE: As part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the Congress directed SSA to end Single Decision-Maker authority.