IPA Opportunities

The Social Security Administration's Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics (ORES) anticipates the availability of two research positions for up to a 1-year period under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). ORES is interested in research concerning retirement behavior; wealth accumulation, including pension accounts and savings behavior; and macroeconomic issues related to Social Security. A focus on either international or U.S. issues is welcome. Final project details are open to negotiation.

With appropriate clearances, a researcher in ORES typically has access to SSA administrative records, including earnings and benefit records. ORES maintains extracts of these records that can be matched to Census Bureau surveys, such as the Current Population Survey and the Survey of Income and Program Participation, as well as research files for SSA tabulations, such as the Continuous Work History Sample.

The positions would be located at the Washington, D.C., ORES site and would begin at a mutually agreeable date. To be eligible for the IPA program, a researcher must be employed for at least 90 days in a career position at a state or local government agency, nonprofit organization, or university. SSA would negotiate an agreement with the individual's employer for salary and fringe benefits. Housing expenses may also be available. To find out more about the IPA program, please visit OPM's Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program page.

Interested researchers are encouraged to submit a cover letter describing research interests, a résumé, and a recent research paper to:

E-mail (preferred): OP.Jobs@ssa.gov
Fax: 410-965-3308
ATTN: Ms. Terri Horner
Mail: Ms. Terri Horner
Social Security Administration
6401 Security Blvd.
4-C-15 Operations Building/4700 Meadows East Building
Baltimore, MD 21235

SSA is an equal opportunity employer.