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July 18, 2014
Findings from the evaluation of the Ticket to Work (TTW) program

Per a request from the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB), on June 10, 2014 we briefed the SSAB’s Disability Policy Panel on our TTW program evaluation long-term findings.  Those findings show that many beneficiaries want to work and take concrete steps toward work or to become employed.  We also found that, while many beneficiaries reach significant levels of employment success, most who work do not sustain work at levels that would allow them to permanently leave cash benefits.  We showed how this last finding is not surprising given that most beneficiaries are either near retirement age and/or had very low earnings before starting social security benefits. The TTW Findings and Interpretations PowerPoint presentation contains more information.

June 3, 2014
BOND Stage-1 Second-Year Snapshot Report

We have posted the BOND Implementation and Evaluation: Second-Year Snapshot of Earnings and Benefit Impacts for Stage 1. This report provides impact estimates for the second year of the Benefit Offset National Demonstration using 12 months of data.

March 17, 2014
2014 Red Book (English)


We have posted the 2014 Red Book in .html and .pdf accessible formats on our website. The 2014 Red Book–A Guide to Work Incentives–serves as a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income programs for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities.

March 14, 2014
TANF-SSI Disability Transition Project Results, 2008-2013

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs aim to support people with disabilities and help them become more independent.  However, the two programs have differing missions and organization, definitions of disability, operational and financial issues, and work rules and incentives, making it challenging for these programs to work together. 

In October 2008, we partnered with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to launch the TANF-SSI Disability Transition Project (TSDTP) to gain a greater understanding about the relationship between the TANF and SSI populations and programs. Working with ACF, several State and local TANF agencies, and the evaluation firm MDRC, we analyzed program data and pilot-tested several program interventions for TANF clients with disabilities.  On December 31, 2013, the TSDTP concluded with several final reports detailing data analysis, program coordination, pilot-test observations, and options for a larger demonstration project.  You can view final TSDTP research reports at www.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/completed_projects.htm

November 8, 2013
Occupational Information System Project


We have posted the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Phase III Report: Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) summarizing the final phase of the FY2013 testing, and the FY2014 Testing Plan on the Occupational Information System Project web page.

August 26, 2013
BOND Stage-2 Earning Assessment Report
We have posted the BOND Early Assessment Report: BOND Stage-2 Early Assessment Report. This report provides an overview of the implementation of the second stage of the Benefit Offset National Demonstration.

June 6, 2013
BOND Stage-1 First-Year Snapshot Report


We have posted the BOND Implementation and Evaluation: First-Year Snapshot of Earnings and Benefit Impacts for Stage 1.  This report provides impact estimates for the first 8 months of the Benefit Offset National Demonstration.”

June 3, 2013
Occupational Information System Project

We have posted the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Phase II Report: Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) on the Occupational Information System Project web page.