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Posted on: 9/16/2019

On Friday, September 27th, the Social Security Advisory Board (“Board”) will host a public meeting to review the 2019 Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods’ report to the Board. The meeting will be held from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM in Room 215, Dirksen Senate Office Building at 50 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. The report will be available in electronic format only and will be posted on the Board’s website 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Board announces expert panel to review Social Security's information technology modernization efforts
Posted on: 8/27/2019

The Social Security Advisory Board has appointed an independent, expert panel to review Social Security’s efforts to modernize its information technology (IT), which is essential to delivering effective service to the public. The IT Systems Expert Panel (“Panel”) will utilize their expertise and experience to examine progress and key initiatives of Social Security’s IT Modernization Plan, including how systems processes are developed, modified and used by the agency. The Panel will also review the success of the systems modernization from the end-user’s perspective, including those inside and outside the agency. The Panel, chaired by Alan Balutis, PhD, a distinguished fellow and senior director of North American Public Sector Cisco Systems’ Business Solutions Group, will meet beginning in the fall of 2019 and will report its findings to the Board in early fiscal year 2021.

The Social Security Advisory Board reports on developments in the representative payee program
Posted on: 6/19/2019

SSA oversees close to 6 million payees managing $5.8 billion a month on behalf of 8.3 million beneficiaries and recipients. One of the most important activities of the Social Security Administration is the designation and monitoring of payees. The Board’s latest brief, Recent Developments in the Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee Program, highlights major issues addressed at its September 2018 policy forum and in its January 2019 public comment. The brief also reports on continued Board concerns, which include the use of evidence to inform policy changes, the implementation of the new payee monitoring process, and communication between SSA leadership and the broader public. 

The Social Security Advisory Board recommends shifting death data collection to Treasury
Posted on: 6/18/2019
The Board's latest report, Social Security and the Death Master File, examines SSA's process to collect and disseminate death data to learn why living people are recorded as dead by SSA. The report details why SSA’s death data collection and dissemination should be shifted to the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) Do Not Pay portal and conducted on behalf of the federal government.
Board will hold May 30th policy forum on MINT microsimulation
Posted on: 4/22/2019
On May 30, 2019, the Social Security Advisory Board will host the policy forum “Informing Policy: A Review of Social Security’s MINT Microsimulation Model.” The event will bring together MINT users and microsimulation experts to discuss challenges and opportunities facing MINT and other such models and provide recommendations on MINT’s future development. 
The Social Security Advisory Board swears in newest member, Bob Joondeph of Oregon
Posted on: 11/6/2018

Bob Joondeph, JD was sworn in to begin his six-year term on the Social Security Advisory Board ending September 30, 2024. He was selected by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), for appointment to the Board

Social Security Advisory Board announces 2019 Technical Panel
Posted on: 10/29/2018

The Social Security Advisory Board has appointed an independent, expert panel to review the assumptions and methods used to develop the annual report of the Social Security Trustees on the financial status of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance trust funds.

Board will hold second policy forum on September 7
Posted on: 7/30/2018

On Friday, September 7, 2018, the Social Security Advisory Board will host a day-long forum on the Social Security Administration’s representative payee program. This forum continues SSAB’s longstanding effort to support and improve a vital government program serving more than 8 million people who need assistance in managing benefits provided by the Social Security Administration. This forum brings policymakers, practitioners and researchers together to explore how SSA can study and improve the representative payee selection process with an evidence-based approach.  Recent legislation, “The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018” (H.R. 4547) makes this event especially timely. Please see our forum webpage for more information.

The Social Security Advisory Board applauds new law to strengthen Social Security’s representative payee program
Posted on: 4/16/2018

On April 13, 2018 the president signed H.R. 4547, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation provides needed improvements to the representative payee program to better protect those who are unable to manage their Social Security benefits on their own.

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