Key proposals and recommendations under discussion included:
Improve the SSDI Program and Address the Impending Trust Fund Depletion: Consensus Recommendations of BPC’s Disability Insurance Working Group, Bipartisan Policy Center, August 2015.
Psychological Testing in the Service of Disability Determination, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Psychological Testing, Including Validity Testing, for Social Security Administration Disability Determinations, 2015.
Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities, 2019. Resolving Issues Identified During the Social Security Administration’s Quality Reviews of Disability Determinations, Office of the Inspector General, (A-01-11-11119), April 2012.
Ray, Gerald and Glenn Sklar. “An Operational Approach to Eliminating Backlogs in the Social Security Disability Program.” McCrey-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative, June 2019.
Training at offices that make disability determinations, The Office of Inspector General, (A-01-11-21169), March 2012.
Roundtable Discussion on the Social Security Disability Process (National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Council of Disability Determination Directors, National Council of Social Security Management Associations, National Council on Disability, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives), Social Security Advisory Board, March 27, 2019.
The Panel made several recommendations for the assumptions that fed into the Trustees’ projections, namely:
lower total fertility rates
faster rate of mortality improvement
immigration as a stable share of the population
slower real wage growth
lower unemployment rates and labor force participation among some age-sex groups
lower interest rates
lower disability incidence
A key finding from the report was that lower-than-expected disability applications and awards continued through 2017. This trend has continued into 2018: it was 4 percent lower than the same time in 2017. Despite this recent trend, the overall expected level of disability awards remains the same, even as awards continue to decline.