Crowdsourcing and Participation Opportunities

Online Ideation Regulations
Federal Register Notices Research, Statistics,
& Policy Analysis
Other Participation Opportunities

Crowdsourcing and Participation Opportunities

One of the objectives of our open government plan is to provide you with access to existing channels to participate in the work we do. Public participation enhances government effectiveness and improves the quality of services we provide. We encourage you to share your insight and feedback through any of the avenues below.

Crowdsourcing is the process in which organizations, like Social Security, submit an open call for voluntary assistance from a large group of individuals for online, distributed problem solving. SSA actively engages in public crowdsourcing to inform our future policies and services. Below, you will find several active crowdsourcing communities, where you can share any ideas you currently have.

Online Ideation

  • Open Data Customer Feedback Process - Online ideation community focused on engaging data users and stakeholders on SSA’s open data efforts.

  • National Disability Forum Engagement - Periodically we will use IdeaScale to obtain input on disability related topics.

Regulations was launched in January 2003 in order to provide public users access to federal regulatory content. It was implemented and is currently maintained by the eRulemaking Management Office (PMO), whose goal is to enable the public ease of access to participate in a high quality, efficient, and open rulemaking process.

  • - Comment on Social Security’s proposed regulations and regulation changes.

Federal Register Notices:

The Office of the Federal Register informs citizens of their rights and obligations, documents the actions of Federal agencies, and provides a forum for public participation in the democratic process. The publications made available through provide access to a wide range of Federal benefits and opportunities for funding and contain comprehensive information about the various activities of the United States Government.

  • Federal Register - Comment on Social Security’s proposed rules, regulations, and notices.

Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis

Social Security partners with academic institutions, non-profits, and non-governmental associations to research and evaluate a wide array of topics pertinent to both Social Security retirement and Social Security disability policies. These groups, or consortia, conduct research, prepare policy briefs and working papers, hold periodic meeting, and provide research and training support for young scholars. Below you will find links to information for both groups.

Other Participation Opportunities


Social Security produces informative, interactive webinars designed to provide the public with useful information on Social Security programs and services in an easily accessible and easily understandable format. Past webinar topics have included retirement planning, online services available for Spanish speakers, and “Social Security 101: What’s In It For Me?,” a webinar aimed to inform college students and young workers about Social Security’s relevance for their generation. There are many more webinars available in the archives linked below.

Social Media