SSA has an abundance of applications/programs to perform it's duties. Constantly, and without reprieve, we are forced to enter the same detail(s) over, and over again, in an incessant, never-ending, monotonous daily grind. The Agency REALLY needs to focus it's resources on consolidating the apps/programs into one large program that has the functionality of them all in one centralized location. Much like the new web-based ...more »
The current Title XVI resource limits should be updated to reflect current value dollars and todays economic realities. Current limits force people to remain in poverty and not to try to better their situation. They should be increased to encourage beneficiaries to try. Additionally the marriage penalty where a couple's benefits are cut simply because they are married. Couples fail to report marriages or long term cohabitation ...more »
PASS has minimal oversight, attention, or advocacy at RO/Area/FO levels. I suggest creating an RO Cadre; this centralizes work, improves efficiency through proper management and integrity review, and ensures administration of this congressionally mandated program. This increases coordination/consistency regionally/nationally. These enhancements improve claimant work outcome/program outcome by helping claimants attain ...more »
Cadre in FOs are required to do work that competes with time/resources for timely/accurate development of PASS. Claimants wait long times for decisions on applications/requests, which impedes the program’s success. I suggest removing Cadre from FOs. As ADO/RO staff, they’ll have time to accurately administer the program, complete PASS actions currently done by FOs, and increase program success. This improves service and ...more »
SSA recently releases a report that provides good information on Surveys for Race Data on OASDI and SSI Programs: A Comparison of Four Major Surveys. You can review it at: https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/rsnotes/rsn2016-01.html.
Researchers may access the four surveys discussed in the report directly via their public-use micro datasets available on their respective websites.
As it stands, Income reporting via the iphone app doesn't seem to work if you are a Representative Payee for SSI. Only way for me to report income is the slow and cumbersome process of calling the national number, Going to local office, or mailing it in. This makes things very difficult.