Open Government News
August 16, 2023 Community Discussion:
Improving Access to Government Data, Research, and Information
The Social Security Administration is committed to transparency, public participation, and collaboration. We invite you to register for an Open Government public engagement session to be held on Wednesday, August 16th from 1-2 p.m. ET. During this session you will hear updates from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) about efforts to Improve Access to Government Data, Research, and Information. GSA will share their plans for improving public access to government-produced information and facilitate a community discussion on how to track progress on the commitments in the National Action Plan.
To register and submit questions for this session, please go here:
July 27, 2023 Community Discussion:
Redesigning U.S. Open Government Websites and Open Government Public Engagement Session
The Social Security Administration is dedicated to the Open Government principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration. We invite you to you to register for an Open Government public engagement session to be held on Thursday, July 27th from 2-3 pm ET. During this session you will hear updates from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on efforts to Transform Government Service Delivery. OMB and GSA will share progress on the redesign of the U.S. Open Government website and facilitate a community discussion on how to track progress on the commitments made by the National Action Plan.
Interactive workshops with the public will be facilitated via an online digital whiteboard. Interested parties can now visit it to ensure they will have full access during the workshops.
To register and submit questions for this session, please go here: https://gsa.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIscOyprT4sHVgaju_0fCO6_NrhPTp0DVo.
Funding Opportunity for Research Through the Interventional Cooperative Agreement Program
We are accepting applications for the Interventional Cooperative Agreement Program (ICAP), an exciting research opportunity! Information about this funding opportunity is available here. The application is open through Monday, July 31, 2023.
ICAP allows us to enter into cooperative agreements with non-federal entities to conduct interventional research supporting our programs. The research and interventions funded by ICAP will target five priority research areas:
- Eliminating the structural barriers for people with disabilities in the labor market, particularly for people of color and other underserved communities, that increase the likelihood of people receiving or applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
- Increasing employment and self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, including people in underserved communities;
- Coordinating planning between private and public human services agencies to improve the administration and effectiveness of the SSDI, SSI, and related programs;
- Assisting claimants in underserved communities to apply for or appeal decisions on claims for SSDI and SSI benefits; and
- Conducting outreach to people with disabilities who are potentially eligible to receive SSI.
To learn more about the ICAP funding opportunity and how to apply, please attend an information session. Information sessions will be held on Friday, June 23, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET and on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. Please register to attend either session. You can also visit our ICAP webpage for additional information.
Newly Released Data about Telephone Interpreter Service Call Counts
On May 12, 2023, Social Security released the Annual Data for Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS) Call Counts. This data set provides TIS call counts by language beginning with fiscal year 2019.
Social Security is committed to providing fair and equitable service to our customers with limited English proficiency. We offer the option to use our TIS free of charge.
To access more data sets on our programs and operations, please visit our Open Government Data Webpage.
HUD Announces Additional Communities Receiving Grants and Vouchers to Address Homelessness
In administering the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, Social Security provides income stability for people with disabilities who have income and resources below specific financial limits. This includes people facing barriers, such as those facing or experiencing homelessness. This program, combined with other federal, state, and local programs, can help individuals transition from homelessness toward stable and permanent housing. To further address the need to assist communities provide stable housing for the homeless, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced $171.2 million in grants for 115 new projects in 29 Continuum of Care (CoC) communities, this is in addition to the first set of grants awards announced in February. This will bring the total value of grants to $486 million to 62 CoC communities. In addition, HUD is inviting 139 Public Housing Authorities who partnered with grantee communities to accept approximately 3,300 Stability Vouchers. Together, these grants and vouchers comprise a first-of-its-kind package of resources to help communities provide housing and supportive services to people in unsheltered settings and people experiencing homelessness in rural areas.
Visit here to learn more information on HUD’s work to address homelessness.
A full list of grant awards can be found here.
The 2023 OASDI Trustees Report
The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the financial status of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds. The 2023 Trustees Report is available at: 2023 OASDI Trustees Report.
National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar:
Are you interested in learning about how work will affect your Social Security benefits?
On March 22, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, Social Security will host a WISE webinar, “How Will Work Affect My Social Security Disability Benefits?” This webinar is helpful for people who are ages 18 through 64 and receiving Social Security disability benefits and who are interested in learning about the Ticket to Work program or Work Incentives.
For more information about this informative webinar and how to register, please visit: Webinar Selection - Ticket to Work - Social Security (ssa.gov).
To view past webinars on demand, please visit: WISE On Demand - Ticket to Work - Social Security (ssa.gov).
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program Grants
On February 28, 2023, the DOL published a notice of grants funding for a Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program. This FOA provides information about the availability of approximately $25 million in grant funds, with a maximum for an individual award set at $500,000. The grant provides funds to qualified organizations with programs that provide homeless or incarcerated veterans with job training, counseling, placement, and related services to help them obtain and reach their full employment potential and achieve high-quality career outcomes.
Other SSA News and Updates
SSA is committed to creating an open and transparent government through the following initiatives: