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December 14, 2018
PROMISE and Federal Programs

We have posted a new report on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The report describes how the PROMISE projects fit into the landscape of federal programs for youth with disabilities.

December 11, 2018
BOND Final Evaluation Report

We have posted the BOND Final Evaluation Report to the BOND webpage. This report, along with the Appendices, summarizes the Benefit Offset National Demonstration and the estimated impacts on earnings and benefits from the start of the demonstration (2010) through 2016. It also includes a benefit-cost analysis of this experiment.

November 28, 2018
PROMISE Process Analyses

We have posted a new process report on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The report documents the intervention provided in New York. Reports on the California and ASPIRE projects are expected to be released later this year. We previously posted reports on the Arkansas, Maryland, and Wisconsin projects.

November 9, 2018
PROMISE and Effective Transition Practices 

We have posted a new report on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The report describes how each PROMISE projects' services are consistent with best practices in serving transition-age youth with disabilities as described in the Effective Practices and Predictors matrix maintained by the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition and Guideposts for Success developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.

October 25, 2018
POD Evaluation Design Report

We have posted the POD Evaluation Design Report on the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration page. This report, along with the Appendices and Addendum, details the design of the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration, a study that tests simplified work incentives and a benefit offset (similar to BOND). It highlights what questions the study will answer and what data will be collected.

September 20, 2018
PROMISE Process Analyses

We have posted the three process reports on the Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) project. The reports document the interventions provided in three of the six projects: Maryland, Wisconsin, and Arkansas. Reports on the remaining three projects (New York, California, and ASPIRE) are expected to be released later this year.

September  09, 2018
Annual Section 234 Report

We have posted the annual report that details the ongoing progress of the ORDES demonstration efforts, as required by Section 234 of the Social Security Act.

July  31, 2018
2018 Red Book (English/Spanish Versions)

We have posted the 2018 Red Book in .html and .pdf accessible formats on our website. The 2018 Red Book–A Guide to Work Incentives–serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.  This year we have included some specific information about resources to assist youth with the transition to a successful adulthood.

July 20, 2018

Disability Analysis File Public Use File

A new Disability Analysis File (DAF) public use file and documentation are now available on the DAF PUF page. The DAF is a set of files containing SSA administrative data on federal disability beneficiaries, culled from a variety of SSA sources. It contains data related to program participation, employment activity, and benefits for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and Full Retirement Age who have received disability benefits in any month since 1996. It also includes data on SSI child recipients aged 10 to 17 who have received benefits since 2005. The DAF public use file contains the DAF data elements that are of broadest interest for a random 10 percent sample of the SSI and SSDI beneficiaries included in the full DAF.

July 23, 2018

Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Funding Opportunity Announcement

On May 24, the Department of Labor posted a Funding Opportunity Announcement, announcing the availability of approximately $20,000,000 in cooperative agreement funds for Phase 1 of the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration. RETAIN is a joint initiative with SSA that will test promising early intervention strategies aimed at improving labor force participation and reducing the need for long-term disability benefits (DI and SSI) among individuals experiencing the early stages of work disruption due to an injury, illness, or disability. The Phase 1 cooperative awards will fund up to eight state workforce agencies (and other partners) to conduct planning and start-up activities, including the launch of a small pilot demonstration, over an 18-month period. Applications must be received by July 23, 2018. The FOA can be found on the Grants.Gov page.

April 18, 2018

Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network Evaluation Request for Proposals

We have posted a request for proposals (RFP) on FedBizOpps to evaluate the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) demonstration. RETAIN is a joint demonstration with the Department of Labor that will test promising early intervention strategies aimed at improving labor force participation and reducing the need for long-term disability benefits (DI and SSI) among individuals experiencing the early stages of work disruption due to an injury, illness, or disability. The RFP will be open until June 4th, 2018, with questions due by May 1st, 2018. The RFP can be found on the RETAIN Evaluation FedBizOpps page.  

March 23, 2018

National Beneficiary Survey: Disability Statistics, 2015

We have posted the National Beneficiary Survey: Disability Statistics, 2015 report. This report provides key descriptive statistics from the 2015 NBS, including beneficiary characteristics and health, program and service participation, employment interest and activity, job characteristics, and benefits and employment interaction. The NBS, sponsored by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, collects data on a wide range of variables not available in SSA’s administrative systems. For more information about the NBS, including documentation and public use files, please visit the NBS page.

Feb 21, 2018

BOND Stage-1 (2017) Interim Process, Participation and Impact Report

We have posted the BOND Stage-1 (2017) Interim Process, Participation, and Impact Report. The report documents results of the Stage 1 process and participation analysis through the sixth year of implementation (2016) and presents estimates of impacts on earnings and benefit outcomes during the fifth calendar year of implementation (2015). The report also describes the prevalence and size of overpayments and the impact of the benefit offset on overpayments between May 2011 and December 2014.

Jan 24, 2018

BOND Stage-2 (2017) Interim Process, Participation and Impact Report

We have posted the BOND Stage-2 (2017) Interim Process, Participation, and Impact Report. This report documents results of the BOND Stage 2 earnings and benefit analyses through the fifth calendar year of implementation (2015), process and participation analyses for 2016, overpayments analysis through 2014, and analyses of survey data reflecting beneficiaries’ experiences after 3 years in the BOND study.

January 3, 2018

Request for Information on Strategies to Improve Adult Outcomes for Youth Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

We published a Request for Information on Strategies to Improve Adult Outcomes for Youth Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in the Federal Register. SSA is seeking public input on strategies for improving the adult economic outcomes of youth ages 14 to 25 with disabilities receiving SSI. The input we receive will inform our deliberations about potential policy changes and the design of future demonstration projects for transition-age SSI recipients.

December 7, 2017

National Beneficiary Survey Round Five Data

We have posted the National Beneficiary Survey (NBS) round five public use file and documentation to our website. In 2015, we fielded the round five NBS to a national cross-sectional sample of 4,062 Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries. We also conducted semi-structured interviews with 91 successful workers. The NBS collects data on a wide range of variables not available in the agency’s administrative systems, including socio-demographic information, health and functional status, health insurance, interest in work, barriers to work, use of services, employment, income, and experience with Social Security programs.

December 6, 2017

Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network Evaluation Sources Sought Notice

We have posted the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Evaluation Sources Sought Notice on FedBizOpps. SSA is seeking the assistance of a contractor to conduct an evaluation of the RETAIN demonstration projects. RETAIN is a joint demonstration with the Department of Labor that will test early interventions to help workers stay at work or return to work after experiencing a work-threatening injury, illness, or disability. The purpose of this notice is to obtain information, for planning purposes, regarding: (1) the availability and capability of potential sources that can provide the required services; (2) the size classification of the available and potential sources relative to the North American Industry Classification System code for the proposed acquisition; and (3) to seek industry comments regarding a draft version of a Statement of Work.

July 25, 2017
BOND Stage-1 (2016) Interim Process, Participation and Impact Report

We have posted the BOND Stage-1 (2016) Interim Process, Participation and Impact Report. This report documents results of the BOND Stage 1 earnings and benefit analyses through the fourth calendar year of implementation (2014), process and participation analyses for 2015, and an overpayments analysis from 2011 to 2013.

April 26, 2017
2017 Red Book (English)

We have posted the 2017 Red Book in .html and .pdf accessible formats on our website. The 2017 Red Book–A Guide to Work Incentives–serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities. This year we have included some specific information about resources to assist youth with the transition to a successful adulthood.

February 27, 2017
BOND Stage-2 Interim Report

We have posted the BOND Stage-2 Interim Process, Participation and Impact Report.  This report is the first of two Stage 2 Interim Process, Participation, and Impact Reports.  This report documents the results of the Stage 2 process and participation analyses through the fourth calendar year (2014) and impacts on earnings and benefit outcomes during the third calendar year (2013) of the demonstration.  The report also includes appendices that present subgroup analyses for 2013, a detailed summary of the revised methodology and updated 2011 and 2012 impact estimates.

February 12, 2016
2016 Red Book (English)

We have posted the 2016 Red Book in .html and .pdf accessible formats on our website. The 2016 Red Book–A Guide to Work Incentives–serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.  This year we have included some specific information about resources to assist youth with the transition to a successful adulthood. 

October 25, 2015
Annual Section 234 Report

We have posted the annual report that details the ongoing progress of the ORDES demonstration efforts, as required by Section 234 of the Social Security Act.

April 29, 2015
BOND Stage-1 Third-year Snapshot Report

We have posted the BOND Implementation and Evaluation: Third-year Snapshot of Earnings and Benefit Impacts for Stage 1 “BOND Stage-1 Third-year Snapshot Report”. This report provides impact estimates for the third year of the Benefit Offset National Demonstration using 12 months of data. The report also includes appendices that present a detailed summary of the revised methodology used in the report, and revised standard error estimates for 2011 and 2012 impact estimates using the methodology.

February 23, 2015
Early Intervention Disability Demonstration Projects Presentation

David Weaver, the Associate Commissioner for Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support, presented at the “Early Intervention Disability Demonstration Projects: Concepts for Action” conference on February 12th.

February 13, 2015
BOND Process Analysis Report

We have posted the BOND Implementation and Evaluation: Process Analysis Report. This report provides a foundation for interpreting estimated impacts in BOND by giving a description of each of the BOND sites and assessing the fidelity of the implementation of the experiment. It summarizes the process analysis findings to date, with primary focus on the 2013 calendar year.  It is a revised version of the January 2015 report.

February 12, 2015
National Beneficiary Survey (NBS) Starts Phone Interviews

Mathematica Policy Research started phone interviews of DI beneficiaries and SSI recipients on February 18th.  If we contacted you and you have questions please see the NBS Participants Page.