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Claimant Form Idea

The idea I am submitting is not original. This idea and suggestion is one that has been voiced by plenty of others through the years. It is regarding claimant forms/questionnaires that we at DDS send on the majority of initial adult claims. ADLs and work history primarily. These required forms are a great source of delay and cause much additional work than should be done to accomplish this task. The FTC/FTR process... more »

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Update Computer Systems

Social Security needs to update their computer systems and allow disability claimants and their attorneys to access their claim file online just like when the case is sent to ODAR. This would cut down on phone calls and missed appeal deadlines due to attorney paperwork not being processed. Currently all attorney information has to be updated into 5 separate computer systems. With all the staffing cutbacks, this systems... more »

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Recycled Paper / Going Green Part Deux

We use so much paper. Too much. Here are a few ideas to help a few trees:

 

1) Use recycled paper for all matters of printing/copying

2) Mandate double-sided printing (several employees refuse to duplex and yet print a SSID every time they look at one)

3) Set up an internal toner-recycling (would save money?)

 

I am sure others have ideas too; feel free to leave them in the comments!

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Make sure you have all of the medical records before decision!

Have Disability Determination Services contact the claimant to verify medical records from all sources have been collected BEFORE the claim is sent to the medical pool to be reviewed!

How many denials have there been because the DDS worker did not get records and gave up looking/waiting for them? I swear to god I have talked to so many clients who had no idea what records had been collected and who received a denial... more »

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Monthly Benefit Amount

I want to know how in the world does social security believe that a person can feasibly live off of 740 a month? They use some standard to determine what acceptable amounts for the cost of living. Have they not realized how much rent is? I have two kids and I am a single mom. My rent is 600.00 a month not including utilities and other basic needs. So with my monthly benefit check being 740.00 how in the world can a person... more »

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Disability determination

When someone is applying for or being reviewed for SSI or SSD , the Social Security administration should be able to view the claimants social networking pages.

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Date of payment

Please consider changing the day that checks are deposited to dates rather than “Wednesday’s”

Perhaps 1st, 7th, 14th and 21st

 

I don’t know if anyone else using the Day if the week system as a monthly payday and it’s very awkward

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National Data Privacy Day

If you have not reviewed some practical tips for being privacy smart, you might want to check out the National Data Privacy Day’s webpage at Stay Safe Online, https://staysafeonline.org.

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Social Security Number Replacement Card Applications Filed

It is a good idea to look at the expanding use of the SSA’s online services. There is a new dataset showing the number of applications for online replacement of the Social Security Cards. See this link, https://www.ssa.gov/open/data/SSN-replacement-card-online-apps.html.

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Revise SS-5 social security applications

alot of applicants do not read the 4 page instructions, attached to the ss-5 social security applications. question 9 ask for parents social security number, it shoud have in parentheseis we do not need parents social security numbers if you are over 18.This will avoid a lot of confusion and processing time. And adults calling their parents for their ssn's. Also avoid identity theft, by parents releasing their ssn's... more »

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Origin of Benefits

It would be helpful for recipients of benefits to know the origin of their benefit. Specifically, what calculations are used for the benefit and what calculations are used for the deductions (e.g. Medicare).

Many responsible recipients of benefits take their future seriously and would like to do long term budget planning, gifts to minors, charities, etc., etc. Without knowing the exact calculations, it is difficult... more »

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SS Equation

I am trying to locate the specific equation to solve for social security solvency. There is a large amount of data available regarding the different models (high cost, low cost, intermediate cost) as well as many of the main variables (mortality, fertility, immigration), but nothing shows all of the factors coming together (including claim age, tax rate, taxable income, etc). The calculators/estimators for benefits... more »

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Create a disability data analysis and mapping working group

I work in one of the Disability Processing Branch (DPB) . Some of us worked on fraud cases. I think it would be useful to have DPS grade GS-12, who handle different disability workloads, to provide inputs regarding data analysis and help in the mapping . It would be beneficial to the agency to have a working group with these selected DPS along with managers and other analysts. They can provide insights and useful feedback.... more »

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