Basic Section 218 Training Courses

Course: Introduction to State Social Security Administration
This course serves as an introduction to new state administrators, and a welcome message to new users of the section 218 training site.   

Course: Introduction to U.S. Government
This course takes a look at basic governmental concepts, including the effect they have on Social Security and Medicare coverage.

Course: Introduction Social Security
This course provides a brief overview of SSA, and includes an explanation of the Agency, the coverage, and the benefits.

Course: Introduction to State and Local Coverage
This course provides a historical account of events leading up to Section 218, and identifies various critical occurrences and changes that have since affected the Act.

Course: Introduction to the Key Representatives
This course identifies the key players, and the role they play in State and local coverage. They are SSA, the IRS, State Social Security Administrators, and governmental employers.

Course: How to Request Information from Social Security
This course explains the process of using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request information from SSA. It also identifies circumstances when it is unnecessary to make requests through FOIA, and, instead, use online resources or personal contacts as sources of obtaining information. 

Course: How State Administrators Should Share Important Information with Employers
This course serves as a reminder that Public Law 108-203 requires State and local government employers to disclose the effect of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) to employees hired after January 1, 2005.  WEP and GPO are also explained.

Course: How to Implement Succession Planning
This course takes a general look at the succession planning process—and explains what it is, why you should engage in it, and how to implement it into your organization.