We Want to Hear From You About Open Data and our Open Government Plan!

Posted: April 7, 2014

Open Government Plan collaboration logoWe need your input to help us make Social Security a more open agency. If you have ideas about how we can improve our commitment to open government, make sure to share them with us on our Open Government online collaboration forum. If you have ideas, insight or recommendations regarding the kinds of data sets we release, and how you plan to use this data, make sure to share them on our Open Data Engagement Forum.


Social Security Releases Strategic Plan for Next Five Years

Posted: April 7, 2014

Agency Strategic Plan cover for FY14-FY18Our agency has released its Agency Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014 through 2018. This plan is a blueprint for our agency, as we make bold changes in technology and enhance our service delivery to the public.

We established five strategic goals for the coming years: deliver innovative, quality services; strengthen the integrity of our programs; serve the public through a stronger, more responsive disability program; build a model workforce to deliver quality service; and ensure reliable, secure, and efficient information technology services.

Learn more about our agency strategic plan, our goals, and how we plan to achieve them by visiting: www.socialsecurity.gov/asp



Help Us Improve Our Open Government Plan!

Posted: February 18, 2014

Open Government Plan collaboration logoWe’re revising our Open Government Plan and we’d like your input. Social Security established the Office of Open Government to develop and implement a plan outlining the agency’s open government goals, objectives, and supporting activities. We developed and published two plans (June 2010 and September 2012) based on input from the public, our employees, open government advocates and other stakeholders. Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin added her personal commitment to openness principles and actions in a 2013 message.

It is now time to reflect on our plan, our accomplishments, and to focus on our continuing efforts toward transparency; public participation in the policies and decisions of the agency; and collaboration with employees, partners, advocates, and the people we serve. We want your ideas about the actions that the agency should take to be build greater transparency, participation, and collaboration into our processes. We will be meeting with employees, partners, and advocates in the coming months. In addition to those meetings, we invite you to share your ideas, and respond to ideas shared by others at our online collaboration site. If you prefer, please e-mail your ideas to us at: open.government@ssa.gov. We will be incorporating your ideas and feedback into a draft document that will also be available for comment.

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar Ticket to Work: Support for People with Disabilities on the Journey to Financial Independence

Posted: January 16, 2014

Are you interested in working? Do you want to see how Ticket to Work and other work incentives might be able to help you take the next step towards financial independence? With the right opportunities and supports, many people can earn a higher standard of living by going to work and leaving benefits. If you’re interested in learning more, sign-up to attend the Social Security’s Ticket to Work January 22 webinar on Financial Independence to learn more about the program!

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar Ticket to Work: Support for People with Disabilities on the Journey to Financial Independence

Open Data: We need your help to deliver more high value data to the public

Posted: January 6, 2014

Over the past few years, this Administration released troves of valuable data that were previously hard to access in areas such as health, energy, education, public safety, and global development. Social Security has 69 datasets available as part of our open government program. Citizens, businesses, and other governmental and non-profit organizations need and use data and its related information for variety of purposes, including making decisions about their lives, businesses, and organizations.

Under President Obama’s leadership we are working to enhance the accessibility and usefulness of our data while continuing to ensure privacy and security. Please visit our new Open Data web page and give us your ideas on: how you have used, or plan to use, our data; your ideas for prioritizing new data releases; and any recommendations to make our formats and metadata easier to use.

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