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The Social Security Advisory Board reports on developments in the representative payee program
Posted on: 6/19/2019

SSA oversees close to 6 million payees managing $5.8 billion a month on behalf of 8.3 million beneficiaries and recipients. One of the most important activities of the Social Security Administration is the designation and monitoring of payees. The Board’s latest brief, Recent Developments in the Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee Program, highlights major issues addressed at its September 2018 policy forum and in its January 2019 public comment. The brief also reports on continued Board concerns, which include the use of evidence to inform policy changes, the implementation of the new payee monitoring process, and communication between SSA leadership and the broader public. 

The Social Security Advisory Board recommends shifting death data collection to Treasury
Posted on: 6/18/2019
The Board's latest report, Social Security and the Death Master File, examines SSA's process to collect and disseminate death data to learn why living people are recorded as dead by SSA. The report details why SSA’s death data collection and dissemination should be shifted to the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) Do Not Pay portal and conducted on behalf of the federal government.
Board will hold May 30th policy forum on MINT microsimulation
Posted on: 4/22/2019
On May 30, 2019, the Social Security Advisory Board will host the policy forum “Informing Policy: A Review of Social Security’s MINT Microsimulation Model.” The event will bring together MINT users and microsimulation experts to discuss challenges and opportunities facing MINT and other such models and provide recommendations on MINT’s future development. 
The Social Security Advisory Board swears in newest member, Bob Joondeph of Oregon
Posted on: 11/6/2018

Bob Joondeph, JD was sworn in to begin his six-year term on the Social Security Advisory Board ending September 30, 2024. He was selected by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), for appointment to the Board

Social Security Advisory Board announces 2019 Technical Panel
Posted on: 10/29/2018

The Social Security Advisory Board has appointed an independent, expert panel to review the assumptions and methods used to develop the annual report of the Social Security Trustees on the financial status of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance trust funds.

Board will hold second policy forum on September 7
Posted on: 7/30/2018

On Friday, September 7, 2018, the Social Security Advisory Board will host a day-long forum on the Social Security Administration’s representative payee program. This forum continues SSAB’s longstanding effort to support and improve a vital government program serving more than 8 million people who need assistance in managing benefits provided by the Social Security Administration. This forum brings policymakers, practitioners and researchers together to explore how SSA can study and improve the representative payee selection process with an evidence-based approach.  Recent legislation, “The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018” (H.R. 4547) makes this event especially timely. Please see our forum webpage for more information.

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.

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