Social Security Administration’s Open Government Honor Awards Release

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Posted: June 24, 2016

SSA selected two teams as recipients of our 2015 Commissioner’s Open Government Honor Awards. Earlier this month, the Commissioner recognized the awardees through a Virtual Honor Awards ceremony.

We annually present the Open Government Honor Awards to individual employees or groups of employees who demonstrate that they help to internalize the open government principles in the agency’s culture and processes. These principles are: transparency of government operations, programs, and processes; opportunities for participation of citizens in their government; and cross-government and public-private collaboration to accomplish government objectives.

This year the award goes to SSA’s National Disability Forum (NDF) Team, and the Congressional Testimony Search Tool Team. These two teams provide good examples of using open government principles and tools to improve our policies, and further enhance program transparency. Please join us in congratulating this year’s awardees! To learn more about the Open Government Honor Award Recipients, please visit: https://www.ssa.gov/open/open-gov-honor-awards.html


#HackForChange by Participating in the National Day of Civic Hacking 2016

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Posted: May 26, 2016

Are you a data geek or hacker with great ideas to improve digital government services? Put those ideas and skills to good use by participating in this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking, which will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide day of action that brings together developers, government employees, designers, journalists, data scientists, non-profit employees, user experience (UX) designers, and residents with innovative ideas to improve and unite their communities through the power of technological collaboration. Some of the featured hacking challenges include, improving ways to apply for food stamps, affordable housing, and business licenses; combating the Zika Virus and other future health threats; and leveraging foreign aid data to inform and improve American diplomacy efforts.

For more information on the National Day of Civic Hacking, including a search tool to locate a hacking event close to you, visit: https://www.codeforamerica.org/events/national-day-2016. Spread the word about these events across the country by posting on Twitter using the hashtag #HackForChange.


Newly Updated Data on Requests for Telephone Interpreter Services (TIS) in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Language

Posted: May 12, 2016

Now in! On May 3, 2016, the Office of Open Government released updated data on Telephone Interpreter Services (TIS) in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Language. This data set contains quarterly national call volume information on requests for interpreter services for over 55 API languages for Social Security Administration services. We are dedicated to providing the best customer service we possibly can by expanding our ability to reach all AAPI individuals that need to be served in their native tongue.

Social Security collects data on our programs and operations, and we strive to make this information as accessible as possible, while safeguarding the personal information entrusted to us. To access more of our data sets, please visit our Open Government Data page at www.socialsecurity.gov/open/data.

If you have feedback on our data, or have ideas about what kind of data would be useful to you, please visit our Open Data Customer Feedback Process at http://ssa-ideas.ideascale.com/.


Just Released! New SSA Data on Disability Determinations and Reviews

Posted: April 6, 2016

With the release of these three new datasets on disability determinations and reviews, SSA emphasizes our commitment to the accuracy and effectiveness of our disability decision-making process.

New Data

One aspect of our efforts to effectively detect, deter, and mitigate fraud, waste, and abuse in our programs, is to work with state Disability Determination Services (DDS) to conduct regular Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs).

  • Periodic Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) Processed – This dataset contains information on the total number of CDRs we conduct in a year. We use CDRs to ensure that only those beneficiaries who remain disabled continue to receive monthly benefits. This set includes processed CDR data for federal Fiscal Years 2013 onward.

We also conduct regular reviews of past disability determinations to ensure accuracy in our decision-making process. This data can be found below.

  • Targeted Denial Review – This dataset contains information on the results of the review of denied disability claims adjudicated by the state Disability Determination Services (DDS). It includes annual national level data for federal Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014.
  • Preeffectuation Review of Disability Determinations – This dataset contains information on our reviews of Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, and concurrent Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability favorable initial and reconsideration determinations made by the state DDS to identify allowances with a higher probability of containing substantive errors.  This set includes PER data for federal Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013.

The aforementioned datasets are readily available for download, and can be found at socialsecurity.gov/open/data and data.gov:
If you have feedback on our data, or have ideas about what kind of data would be useful to you, please visit our Open Data Customer Feedback Process at http://ssa-ideas.ideascale.com/.



Open Government Plan 4.0 Outline Released—Let Us Know What You Think

Posted: April 1, 2016

We just completed our draft outline of our Open Government plan and want to share it with you! Please review our draft outline, and let us know at our Open Government Plan 4.0 engagement any ideas you have to improve transparency, participation, and collaboration at our agency that we should consider in the plan. Please visit our Open Government Plan 4.0 Customer Feedback Process and share your feedback today.

We are committed to including you in every stage of our planning for this plan, and encourage you to continue monitoring our page for updated information about our Open Government Plan!


SSA Celebrates Sunshine Week

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Posted: March 14, 2016

It’s Sunshine Week! This week (March 13-March 19) people across the country will be celebrating Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide initiative to promote Open Government and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A more transparent and open government enlightens and empowers all citizens to play an active role in keeping their government accountable, honest, and efficient.

Social Security remains committed to the principles of open government. Thanks to your help, we have made significant progress in furthering the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration at our agency.

Our progress and accomplishments include:

  • Continued improvement of the System of Records Notices section of our FOIA website, which now contains a notice of each system of records, related appendices that we maintain, and the Federal Register publication for each system of records
  • Identifying and releasing more public data assets. Our inventory of public data assets is approaching 900, and that number continues to grow! View more of our data at www.socialsecurity.gov/open/data
  • Using the crowdsourcing tool IdeaScale to engage data users on how they plan to use our public data.  We encourage you to visit our Open Data Customer Feedback Process to share your ideas.

 

In June of this year, we will publish the agency’s 4th Open Government Plan, highlighting SSA’s sustained efforts to improve openness and transparency in the next two years. We want to hear from you as we put this new plan together. Visit our Open Government Plan 4.0 Feedback Process to share your ideas about how SSA can continue and enhance its commitment to Open Government.

Happy Sunshine Week!


Help Us Create Our Next Open Government Plan

Posted: February 03, 2016

We are preparing to publish our fourth Open Government Plan this June, and want to hear from you! In our last plan, published in 2014, we laid out our commitments and milestones to enhance the public’s access to our information, and increase public participation and collaboration to improve our programs and services.

This month, we are kicking off our Open Government Plan 4.0 Feedback Process to help us create our next plan. Do you have any suggestions for making our data more transparent? Do you have any bold and innovative ideas for using open government techniques and principles to help improve our services? Do you know of other federal agencies we should collaborate with, or any new initiatives we should consider?

We encourage you to share your ideas on how we can improve our transparency, participation, and collaboration through our Open Government Plan 4.0 Feedback Process. Once there, you can review our last Open Government Plan and participate in the conversation! The world is full of big ideas. Is the next one from you?


Newly Updated Data on Social Security Administration’s

Disability Determination Services (DDS) Accuracy Rates!

Posted: January 15, 2016

Now in! We just released fiscal year 2015 data on our Disability Determination Services Accuracy rates. This data set contains samples of initial disability claims prior to a final determination in order to assess the accuracy component of DDS performance.

Social Security collects data on our programs and operations, and we strive to make this information as accessible as possible, while safeguarding the personal information entrusted to us. To access more of our data sets, please visit our Open Government Data page at www.socialsecurity.gov/open/data.

If you have feedback on our data, or have ideas about what kind of data would be useful to you, please visit our Open Data Customer Feedback Process at http://ssa-ideas.ideascale.com/.


SSA Releases New and Updated Data

Posted: December 4, 2015

Social Security has more open data to share:

NEW DATA:

UPDATED DATA:

Social Security collects data on our programs and operations, and we strive to make this information as accessible as possible, while safeguarding the personal information entrusted to us. To access more of our data sets, please visit our Open Government Data page at www.socialsecurity.gov/open/data.

If you have feedback on our data, or have ideas about what kind of data would be useful to you, please visit our Open Data Customer Feedback Process at http://ssa-ideas.ideascale.com/.


New Data Releases at SSA!

Posted: November 19, 2015

Social Security released several data sets in the last few months, including data on Equal Access to Justice Act payments, Video Hearing Opt-Out numbers, and Processing Times for Initial Disability Cases Involving the Processing Centers. Through feedback and requests on our Open Data Customer Feedback Process, we identified and released these and several other data sets. We encourage you to visit our Open Data Customer Feedback Process page to review the data assets we already have, make requests for the kind of data you would like to see, and share your thoughts on how our data could be useful to you.

For more information on Open Data at Social Security, visitwww.socialsecurity.gov/open/data. To provide your feedback on future Open Data efforts, visit our Open Data Project Customer Feedback page at http://ssa-ideas.ideascale.com/, or email us directly at Open.Government@ssa.gov.


Social Security Continues to Make Progress in Open Government and Open Data

Posted: November 16, 2015

As we approach the end of 2015, Social Security's commitment to promoting openness and transparency in the work we do is as strong as ever. Here are some updates about the work we have been doing.

On September 17, 2015, we made updates to our Open Government Plan 3.0 Implementation Chart, which tracks commitments SSA has made to promote open government practices at our agency. To see these updates, and to review the progress on all our Open Government commitments, visit our Implementation Chart page.

We have currently identified and released 808 public data sets to our public data inventory. This includes data on Equal Access to Justice Act Payments and Video Hearing (VH) Opt-Out Numbers and Rates for Hearing Requests Received FYTD 2015, among others. For access to more public data sets, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/open/data. If you have ideas about what data you think we should make available to the public, how we can make this data easier to use, and the creative ways you plan to use it, share your ideas at our Open Data Customer Feedback page.

We will soon be launching a feedback forum focusing on our next Open Government Plan, which we plan to release in 2016. If you have ideas about how Social Security can promote transparency, participation, and collaboration in our programs and operations, we will want to hear from you!  To stay informed on our Open Government and Open Data activities, visit our Open Social Security Government Portal at www.socialsecurity.gov/open


Social Security Partnering with Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau For Retirement Planning Event

Posted: November 10, 2015

Need help planning for retirement? If so, we can help. One of Social Security’s top priorities is helping you prepare for retirement. Planning your retirement early can help ensure secure and comfortable post-retirement years — yet few Americans do it.

Come join us on November 12, for the event “Helping America Plan for Retirement,” hosted by the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings Institution along with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Listen to a panel of experts give their insights on ways to improve your retirement planning as well as answer audience questions. There will also be keynote remarks given by Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin and CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

Read more about this event on our Social Security Matters blog. To register for this event directly, click here.

Remember, you can always access our secure online resources, including applying for retirement, estimating your future retirement benefits, and finding your full retirement age at https://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire.


International Open Data Charter Released

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Posted: October 16, 2015

In order to facilitate the adoption and implementation of shared open data principles, standards, and good practices around the world, open data experts from governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, and the private sector, collaborated to develop an International Open Data Charter.

The International Open Data Charter, released on Sunday, October 11, 2015, contained six principles for the release of data:

  • Open by Default;
  • Timely and Comprehensive;
  • Accessible and Useable;
  • Comparable and Interoperable;
  • For Improved Governance and Citizen Engagement; and
  • For Inclusive Development and Innovation

For governments like ours that have already established open data initiatives, the Charter provides continuing guidance for maximizing the release of data.

For more information on the International Open Data Charter, please visit: http://opendatacharter.net/


Join Us For a Twitter Chat Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

 

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Posted: October 6, 2015

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, from 1:00-2:00pm EDT, we encourage your to participate in a Twitter Chat celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We are collaborating with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to discuss such disability hiring issues as disability inclusion, disability etiquette, and more.

To take part in this event, register here. Once you register, you can sign onto Twitter and follow hashtag #NDEAMchat, or follow the conversation using a Twubs Twitter chat room: http://twubs.com/NDEAMchat.

If you are having issues participating in this event, you can click here for more information.


Open Government 3.0 Priorities:
Our Latest Progress Report

Posted: September 17, 2015

As we approach the end of Fiscal Year 2015, Social Security's commitment to promoting openness and transparency in the work we do is as strong as ever. We are proud to report progress in achieving the goals set out in our Open Government Plan 3.0. As we enter the new fiscal year, we will continue to update you on what we have done, and what we plan to do. By visiting the Open Government Plan 3.0: Plan Milestones and Completion Report page, you can view our latest progress report on action items published in our latest Open Government plan.

This progress report includes updates on:

  • New features being developed for my Social Security;
  • Our Wounded Warriors partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • The growing number of initial claims containing Health IT medical evidence;
  • The most recent National Disability Forum meeting on the topic of Childhood SSI; and
  • Engaging the public on our work to update and revise the Listing of Impairments.


WEBINAR: “Ticket to Work: You Asked. We Answer.”



Posted: August 24, 2015

If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence.

On Wednesday, August 26, at 3:00p EDT, join us for a webinar where we will answer some of your most frequently asked questions. A Ticket to Work and Work Incentives expert will be on hand to discuss topics such as:

  • Timely Progress Review
  • Continuing Disability Reviews and Ticket to Work
  • Answers to your other questions!

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).


Open Government 3.0 Priorities:
Our Latest Progress Report


Posted: August 24, 2015

We remain committed to making Social Security a more transparent, participatory, and collaborative agency. As our agency makes progress in achieving the goals set out in our Open Government Plan 3.0, we will continue to update you on what we have done, and what we plan to do. By visiting the Open Government Plan 3.0: Plan Milestones and Completion Report page, you can view our latest progress report on action items published in our latest Open Government plan.

This progress report includes updates on:

  • The recently-held meeting of the National Disability Forum, which engaged stakeholders on the topic of SSI for children;
  • Recent regulations open for comment on Regulations.gov;
  • The addition of an Open Data Progress webpage;
  • And the multiple feedback opportunities provided to the public on various agency topics.

Happy 80th Anniversary, Social Security!

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Posted: August 14, 2015

Exactly eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating an important beacon of hope and protection for the most vulnerable members of the American public.

In President Roosevelt’s own words:

Today, a hope of many years standing is in large part fulfilled…We have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.

Join in as we celebrate 80 years of service to all Americans, by visiting our 80th anniversary webpage. On this page, you can read a special anniversary message from our Acting Commissioner, view our virtual anniversary card, find out how we are celebrating this momentous occasion all across the country, and share your stories about how Social Security has made a difference in your life and the lives of your families and friends.

Here's to many more years of service to the American people!


Open Government 3.0 Priorities:
Our Latest Progress Report

Posted: July 22, 2015

Social Security is committed to maintaining a more transparent, participatory, and collaborative agency. As we makes progress in achieving the goals set out in our Open Government Plan 3.0, we will continue to update you on what we have done, and what we plan to do. By visiting the Open Government Plan 3.0: Plan Milestones and Completion Report page, you can view our latest progress report on action items published in our latest Open Government plan.

This progress report includes updates on:

  • the launch of a new online tool making it easier to search through Congressional testimony; and
  • the addition of a new item (Sanctioned Representatives List) to the FOIA Library.

Let Us Know What You Think About our Open Data

Updated: June 30, 2015

Are you a data user with creativity to spare? Then put your mind where the information is, and help us turn data into action! Share your ideas about what data you think we should make available to the public, how we can make this data easier to use, and the creative ways you plan to use it.

Visit our agency Open Data page to browse the hundreds of available Social Security data sets, including information on our agency's Statistics and Surveys, Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Language Preferences, data on our Services to the Public and Case Processing Information, and many more data assets.

Tell us what you think at our Open Data Customer Engagement page! Your feedback will help us determine what we should be doing to support open and transparent access to our data assets.


Tune In To Our National WISE Webinar: Free Support Services for Young Adults with Disabilities

Posted: June 22, 2015

Join us on June 24, 2015, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm EDT, for a national Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar: Free Support Services for Young Adults with Disabilities!

This national WISE webinar will present tips, tools, and resources about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to young adults with disabilities.

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).


Updates on our Open Data Customer Feedback

Posted: May 29, 2015

As an agency whose mission revolves around meeting the changing needs of the public, Social Security is committed to improving our programs and services through feedback from the people we serve. Recently, we reached out to you through our ongoing Customer Feedback Process, and conducted outreach with our top data users. We asked you for your ideas on the type of data that you would like us to make available at our agency, and on how you would like to use it.

Several themes emerged from the feedback you provided, and below are some updates on those themes:

  • Modernize Communications: Enhanced our commitment to two-way, new media communications through release of our Social Security Matters blog;
  • More Online Services: Improvements made to our online appeals process;
  • Provide Online Real-Time, Field Office Wait-Times: Began development of field office wait time project; and
  • Publish Public-Facing Geospatial Mapping: Continued identification of data that can be adapted and visualized into geospatial maps.
Fortunately, our conversation is ongoing! If you have any feedback on data that we currently release, or could release, make sure to visit our Open Data Engagement page.


Social Security Releases our Vision 2025

Posted: May 6, 2015

Social Security has been serving the American public for almost 80 years. We are proud of the services we have provided the public, and are committed to improving this customer service vision as the needs of the public change. In keeping with this commitment, we have released our Vision 2025, a guiding document that shows how we plan to accomplish and deliver three key priorities: superior customer experience, exceptional employees, and an innovative organization over the next decade and beyond.

"We must be prepared to adapt as technology and society changes at an unprecedented rate," Acting Commissioner Colvin said. "Vision 2025 is our way of making sure we keep up with these changes, and how we position ourselves to best serve the public in the future."

This vision was created with input from sources both within and outside of the agency, including our employees, labor unions, management associations, as well as the public, outside advocacy groups, and Congress. Everyone’s feedback was crucial to us creating a vision for serving the public in the next decades.

This vision highlights the choices we will offer the public in how to do business with us. However, we have restated our commitment to sustaining a field office structure that provides face-to-face service and is responsive to members of the public who need or prefer face-to-face service.

This conversation does not end here. We still want to know what you think about our Vision 2025. For more information, you can access the Social Security Vision 2025 interactive site here. To provide feedback on our Vision, visit our Vision 2025 Feedback Page or our Vision 2025 Public Engagement.


Social Security Wants to Hear From You

Posted: May 6, 2015

Since 1935, we have been proud to provide services that have met the changing needs of the public. More than anything else, your input and perspective have helped us innovate and move the agency forward as time and technology have progressed.

As we approach our 80th anniversary, we want to be sure that we are providing the services, information, and assistance you need, in the most convenient and accessible ways. With that in mind, we want to make sure your voice is heard. We encourage you to reach out and engage with our agency, through the following venues:

Your feedback is important, and can only help as we move the agency towards 2025 and beyond.


Webinar Event: Working For Yourself with Ticket to Work

Posted: April 16, 2015

On Wednesday, April 22, at 3:00p EDT, join us for a national webinar where we will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that can help you on your path to self-employment! If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence.

We will be joined by a guest speaker who will advise on:

  • Factors to consider when you are thinking about self-employment
  • Ticket to Work & Work Incentives
  • Where to find more information

For more information on this informative webinar, as well as instructions on how to register, visit https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/.


Social Security Honored for Continued FOIA Efforts

Posted: April 16, 2015

The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, gives Americans access to government information while also providing transparency to media and advocacy organizations. FOIA is essential to ensuring that Social Security, as well as all federal agencies, remain accountable to the public we serve.

SSA continues to make strides in supporting FOIA. Social Security's very own Debbie Verzi, a Supervisory Government Information Specialist in the Office of Privacy and Disclosure, was honored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Lifetime Service Award at DOJ's Sunshine Week celebration, held on March 18, 2015. The Lifetime Service Award recognizes an agency FOIA professional with at least 20 years in civil service who has demonstrated high standards of excellence and dedication in the administration of the FOIA throughout his/her career. We could not be more proud of Debbie and we are grateful to her for her continued work and her steadfast dedication to our FOIA program.

In addition, we have been recognized by The Center for Effective Government as a lead performer in the FOIA arena. Agencies were scored based on rules for processing information; FOIA websites that are easy to use, updated regularly and provide information people want; and speed and responsiveness in handling information requests. Top grades went to the Agriculture Department and Social Security Administration. Click here for more information, and to read the full report.


Social Security's National Work Incentives Seminar Event Webinar: Working from Home with Ticket to Work!

Posted: March 24, 2015

 

 

 

If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence.

Join us on March 25, 2015, for a national Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar: Working from Home with Ticket to Work! The national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you.

Webinar participants will learn about the:

  • Ticket to Work & Work Incentives
  • Work from home opportunities, tips and tools
  • Where to find more information

For more information on this informative webinar, as well as instructions on how to register, visit https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/

 


Update on our Progress

Retrospective Review of Regulations

Posted: March 17, 2015

We have updated progress on our Retrospective Review Progress Report. See our report with the status of our plan as of March 12th, 2015.


Sunshine Week 2015

Posted: March 13, 2015

March 15-21, 2015 is Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote greater transparency and openness in government. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger. The week highlights the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why.

At Social Security, we believe that open government is good government. We seek to raise awareness of the importance of transparency in government, to reaffirm the commitment of the agency to share information with the public, and to improve the public’s understanding of the work we do.

Our actions so far to improve transparency include:

  • evaluating a new FOIA solution that will automate business processes and increase transparency between the requester community and our agency;
  • improving our System of Records Notices section of our FOIA website, which now contains a notice of each system of records, related appendices that we maintain, and the actual Federal Register publication for each of the systems of records;
  • working to post additional data sets on our Proactive Disclosure webpage;
  • refreshed and published Open Government Plan 3.0 on June 2, 2014 with the agency’s commitments over the next two years. See our Progress Report at: Open Government Plan 3.0 Milestones;
  • published updates on the status of key Open Data ideas at http://www.ssa.gov/open/customer-feedback.html; and
  • worked with agency components to release more public data assets, we now have identified 258 data assets and are working to identify more data!

We invite you to visit our FOIA and Open Government websites to learn more about our efforts to promote more openness and transparency in our work.


Open Government 3.0 Priorities:

Our Latest Progress Report

Posted: March 02, 2015

We remain committed to making Social Security a more transparent, participatory, and collaborative agency. As our agency makes progress in achieving the goals set out in our Open Government Plan 3.0, we will continue to update you on what we have done, and what we plan to do. By visiting the Open Government Plan 3.0: Plan Milestones and Completion Report page, you can view our latest progress report on action items published in our latest Open Government plan.

This progress report includes updates on:

  • Improvements to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website and our Open Government portal;
  • Our Open Government Honor Awards, including the launch of our new Open Government Honor Awards page highlighting current and past honorees: http://ssa.gov/open/open-gov-honor-awards.html;
  • Updates to our flagship initiative, Message Center and the Data Exchanges initiative.

Open Government 3.0 Priorities:

Our Latest Progress Report

Posted: Feruary 06, 2015

In this new year, our agency continues to address priorities and complete project commitments from our third Open Government Plan. For the most recent updates on action items milestones published in our latest Open Government Plan, visit the Open Government Plan 3.0: Plan Milestones and Completion Report page, which you can access through a link in the menu above.
This progress report includes updates on:

  • the addition of 115 data assets to the Public Data Listing;
  • the launch of the SSA-1099 instant download feature in my Social Security;
  • the piloting of new talent-sharing tool SkillsConnect; and
  • updates to our data creation process.

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You

Posted: January 16, 2015

WISE Webinar

 

Join us on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 3:00pm EST, for a special webinar, More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You. We will be presenting about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you, including details about Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 is a regulation that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against people with disabilities and requires these employers to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these people with disabilities.

The presentation will include information on: 

  • What the changes to Section 503 mean for Social Security disability beneficiaries
  • Tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process
  • How to find and prepare for Section 503 opportunities

For more information on this informative webinar, as well as instructions on how to register, visit https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/.


Vision 2025 Customer Expectation Survey

Posted: November 21, 2014

Vision 2025Social Security is developing a long-range vision and strategic plan, called Vision 2025, and we want to hear from you.  Vision 2025 represents our efforts to ensure that we continue to provide excellent service to our customers today, tomorrow, 10 years from now, and beyond.

We value your feedback and welcome your opinion.  Please participate in an online survey to tell us how we can best serve the American public in the future. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete. To complete the survey, please go to the Vision 2025 Customer Expectation Survey.

For more information about Vision 2025, please visit our website at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/vision2025/


Open Government 3.0 Priorities:

Our Latest Progress Report

Posted: November 21, 2014

As we approach the end of this year, we continue to address priorities and complete project commitments from our third Open Government Plan. For the most recent updates on action items published in our latest Open Government plan, visit the Open Government Plan 3.0: Plan Milestones and Completion Report page, which you can access through a link in the menu above.

This progress report includes updates on:

  • the publishing of 13 new high-value data sets;
  • the posting of chronological legislative documents on our Social Security History page; and
  • updates to our Wounded Warrior Program.

The Launch of Data.gov/AAPI

Posted: October 29, 2014WISE Webinar

Data.gov, in partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), has launched Data.gov/AAPI , a specialized section of Data.gov dedicated to government data on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. The approximately 2,000 datasets and reports on this site come from nearly 50 federal, state, county, and city sources, and cover a spectrum of topics including health disparity issues, language access, and educational statistics.

Among the thousands of datasets, are several from Social Security on language access issues relating to our customer service efforts.  For more information on the number of AAPI bilingual employees at SSA, or the language preferences of AAPIs filing claims, visit the AAPI data page today. 


Social Security Resumes the Mailing of Statements

Posted: October 29, 2014

Beginning in September 2014, Social Security resumed the mailing of Social Security Statements on a more limited basis. If you are worker not receiving benefits and do not have a mySocial Security account, you will receive your Statements at the ages of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60. After the age of 60, the mailing of Statements will occur yearly.

Rather than waiting to receive a mailed Statement once every five years, we encourage the public to open a mySocial Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount so they can access their Statement online anytime.

The Social Security Statement is a valuable financial planning tool that provides workers their tax contributions, future benefit estimates, and yearly earnings information. This is important since earnings are the basis for determining retirement benefits. To learn more about mailed Statements, refer to our recent press release on the topic. For more information on creating a mySocial Security account, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.


President Obama Speaks at United Nations Open Government Partnership

Posted: October 16, 2014

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a meeting on the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

“And in a new millennium flush with technology that allows us to connect with a tweet or a text, citizens rightly demand more responsiveness, more openness, more transparency, more accountability from their governments.” President Obama

On September 24, 2014, President Obama joined with 10 other heads of state and hundreds of civil society leaders from across the globe to mark the third anniversary of the United Nations Open Government Partnership (OGP).  The OGP is a partnership between 64 nations and hundreds of civil society organizations, all committed to promoting transparency and fighting corruption in governments.  In his remarks, President Obama discussed the important work being done across our government, and throughout the world, to ensure transparency and openness.

The President stressed our government’s commitment to making our data more open and available to the public, modernizing the Freedom of Information Act, and harnessing American ingenuity in solving important problems. In addition, he announced new commitments to be included in our Open Government National Action Plan. Among them, he pledges that we will improve transparency in government spending, expand our digital service efforts, and promote open educational resources that can help teachers and students take learning into the 21st century.

To learn more about the President’s appearance at the OGP, visit the White House Open Government Blog.


National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: Ticket to Work for People Who Have a Disability

Posted: October 16, 2014

WISE WebinarJoin us on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 3:00pm EDT, for a special webinar, Ticket to Work: Support Services for People Who Have a Disability and Are Ready to Work. We will be presenting information about Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you because of your medical condition. We will also be providing information about the support available to you once you have started to work. For more information on this informative webinar, as well as instructions on how to register, visit http://www.choosework.net/.


Open Government 3.0 Priorities:

Continued Progress

Posted: September 26, 2014

As our agency makes progress in achieving the goals set out in our Open Government Plan 3.0, we will continue to update you on what we have done, and what we plan to do. By visiting the Open Government Plan 3.0: Plan Milestones and Completion Report page, you can view our latest progress report on action items published in our latest Open Government plan.

This progress report includes updates on:

  • tracking of our Open Government goals and performance;
  • agency engagements with national advocates;
  • data sets released since the publishing of Open Government Plan 3.0 in June 2014;
  • additional agency regulations posted for public comment;
  • updates to our agency’s Whistleblower Protection activities; and
  • updates to our Wounded Warrior initiative.

Open Government 3.0 Priorities:

Our First Progress Report

Posted: August 25, 2014

After releasing our Open Government Plan 3.0 in June, we continue to address priorities and complete projects that further open government principles at our agency. By visiting the Open Government Plan 3.0: Plan Milestones and Completion Report page, you can view the first progress report on action items published in our latest Open Government plan.

This progress report includes updates on:

  • public engagements for early input into the Disability policy-making process;
  • focus group testing of draft screens for online services;
  • agency regulations posted for public comment;
  • and the solicitation of customer feedback on the Open Data Initiative.

Update on our Progress

Retrospective Review of Regulations

Posted: August 8, 2014

In our final plan of August 22, 2011, we stated: “Over the next two years, we anticipate reviewing the following medical listings, for which we may issue notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) or final rules as appropriate.”  Our July 14, 2014 progress report includes the listings we expected to review, and the progress we have made to date.


The medical listings are used to ensure disability determinations have a sound medical basis and claimants receive equal treatment based on specific criteria. The listings help allow claims earlier in the sequential evaluation process using the medical listings step based on updated and accurate medical criteria.  The listings reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, and comments we receive from medical experts, advocacy groups, patients, adjudicators, and at public outreach policy meetings.


Open Government Plan 3.0

Posted: June 5, 2014

Open Government Plan coverOn June 2nd, we released our Open Government Plan 3.0, the most up-to-date version of Social Security’s commitment to running a more transparent, collaborative, and participatory agency. Social Security has been committed to integrating these principles into the way our agency operates and the way we serve the public.

This new plan reflects our progress in achieving these goals and milestones, as well as our new exciting efforts to improve services to the public, including our flagship initiative, the online Message Center, where you will be able to securely and conveniently obtain and provide personalized Social Security information.

We created this plan with feedback from the public, advocates, and our employees. However, we still need your feedback! Please read our plan and tell us what you think. Visit our engagement or send us an email at Open.Government@ssa.gov

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Share Your Ideas about the Future of Public Sector Program Management

Posted: May 21, 2014

Performance Improvement Council logoAre you interested in public administration, management, and the future of the government workplace? Are you committed to promoting good government, and have ideas to further such principles? The GSA’s Performance Improvement Council is looking to hear from you!

Visit their public contest on Challenge.gov to share your vision for the future of public sector program management. The Performance Improvement Council will review all entries, and you may be recognized for your ingenuity, your originality, and your vision. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 27, 2014, prior to 2:00PM Eastern Daylight Time.

For more information on this exciting contest, visit https://challenge.sites.usa.gov/challenge/public-sector-program-management-a-vision-for-the-future/.

Ticket to Work Highlights Mental Health Month with Webinar, Twitter Chat

Posted: May 21, 2014

Ticket to Work logoSince this May marks the 65th annual observance of Mental Health Month, Social Security’s Ticket to Work program is holding two public engagements aimed at educating the public about employment resources available to those with mental illness.

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, and are interested in learning how employment can promote well-being by providing structure, social contact, purpose, identity and activity, then join us for two special engagements:


An Overview of Social Security Programs and Services Important to Tribal Communities

Posted: May 2, 2014

Tribal Communities webinar imageJoin us this Monday, May 5, 2014 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT, as we partner with the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of Tribal TANF Management, and the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), for a special Webinar, "An Overview of Social Security Programs and Services Important to Tribal Communities".

Representatives from Social Security will explain programs and services of special importance to tribal community members throughout Indian Country. Our representatives will be discussing information on Retirement, Survivors, Disability, Supplemental Security Income, grandchildren benefits, services that reach reservations in remote areas of the country, upcoming field office service changes, and the my Social Security account.

Register here for "An Overview of Social Security Programs and Services Important to Tribal Communities" Webinar


National Ticket to Work webinar:
Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work

Posted: April 21, 2014

WISE webinar imageIf you’re receiving Social Security disability benefits and are interested in learning how self-employment will affect your Social Security benefits, then join us this Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 3:00 pm Eastern time, for our free webinar, Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work. You will learn more about special Social Security programs and rules that can set you on a path to self-employment, and help you achieve greater financial independence. Register for this informative webinar today!

 


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