Our agency is committed to recognizing individuals and teams whose work helps us achieve a more open and transparent agency. Each year we honor those individuals or teams with our Open Government Honor Award, a Commissioner-level award, for their outstanding efforts.
The 2016 Open Government Honor Award honorees include:
SSA recognizes Richard D. Hadley, from ODAR’s Office of Appellate Operations (OAO), for his contributions to agency transparency through his work as editor of the OAO Executive Director’s Broadcast. His thoughtful articles—written for all levels of staff—are informative, comprehensive, and effective in clearly communicating executive intentions, and reporting on ever-evolving agency business processes.
He has written and edited such articles as, “Fraud, Litigation, Data Analysis Lead to 5 Special Workloads,” “Natural Language Processing Aids Data Analytics Efforts,” and “OAO Refreshes Staff in Intricacy of Continuing Disability Reviews. Mr. Hadley’s articles reflect the true value of transparency, fostering greater awareness and employee dialogue on our agency’s policies and its operations.”
Veteran's Administration Pension Referral Group
SSA recognizes the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Pension Referral Group for exemplifying the best in cross-component collaboration to achieve the goal of obtaining the greatest benefit for our customers.
As a part of the Improper Payments Initiative to identify potential entitlement to benefits, the Office of Quality Improvement (OQI), the Office of Income Security Policy (OISP), and the Office of Public Service and Operations Support (OPSOS) collaborated to reach out to our community of military service veterans.
The result of their stellar collaboration was the identification of 30,527 individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments who were also veterans of various branches of military service, and therefore potentially eligible for VA benefits. This excellent working partnership across SSA components highlights the inherent value of collaboration and knowledge sharing across the federal government, and helps both us achieve the goal of serving many of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.
Work Group Members:
SSA recognized the National Disability Forums (NDF) team, an SSA-moderated collaborative forum, including agency executives, disability advocates, state and federal agency partners, and Congressional staffers, among others, for their actions on increasing opportunities for early input in the disability decision-making process directly with policy makers. Further, the NDF team promotes opportunities for stakeholders to hear perspectives from one another, with an accompanying engagement using IdeaScale, an innovation management tool.
The NDF promotes the spirit and principles of Open Government through their inclusive and collaborative approach in developing responsive, effective, and efficient policies empowering individuals with a disability, minimizing their financial hardship, and ensuring proper use of the Disability Trust funds.
The SSA National Disability Forum Team:
The Congressional Testimony Search Tool Team was honored for developing and providing a convenient tool for the public to search agency congressional testimonies. With the creation of the new Congressional Testimony Search Tool, the public now has a user-friendly way to access all of this data. Prior to the new Congressional Testimony Search Tool, users needed to know when the hearing dates would have occurred in order to retrieve and access SSA’s Congressional testimonies. Moreover, there was no ability to search testimonials by witness name or subject.
This new tool improves the transparency of our services and programs by making it easier for Congressional staff and members of the public to find information on specific areas of interest, serving as a one-stop reference. The search tool, with its comprehensive database of testimony and accessible search capabilities, facilitates transparency of agency information, and encourages easier collaboration with Social Security advocates.
The Congressional Testimony Search Tool Team: