By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The Social Security Administration is soliciting comments from the public regarding two information gathering activities that are still pending at the agency.Specifically, the SSA wants feedback on the need for the information solicited and its practical utility; the accuracy of the agency's burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the manner in which the information is collected; and ways to minimize the burden on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The two information gathering activities for which comments are sought are listed in two notices in the September 12, 2019, Federal Register (84 Fed. Reg. 48203, 48204, respectively). Comments may be mailed or faxed to the addresses and numbers listed in those notices.
Comments due November 12, 2019. The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 (SPSSBA), Section 103(b) Questionnaire. This questionnaire will assess the representative payee data available from each state and determine if the state is willing to share the data it collects. The SSA will email this one-time questionnaire to state agencies or nongovernmental entities that provide adult protective services, and will let them know that participation in the questionnaire is voluntary. The SSA estimates it will receive one response per respondent, with one respondent per agency completing the questionnaire on the agency's behalf. The agency’s goal is to complete this study by June 30, 2022, so it can submit the required report to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate in accordance with the SPSSBA's mandates. The respondents are state agencies and nongovernmental entities that provide adult protective services to disability claimants under the SSA’s OASDI and SSI programs.
Ohio Direct Referral Demonstration (ODRD). The SSA is requesting clearance to collect data necessary to conduct a random assignment evaluation of volunteers in Ohio who enroll in the Ohio Direct Referral Demonstration (ODRD). The SSA and Opportunities for Ohioan's with Disabilities (OOD) will conduct the ODRD to test the effectiveness of providing direct referrals to vocational rehabilitation services for 18 and 19 year-olds who are, or may become, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients. The participants in the demonstration will be individuals ages 18 and 19 at the time of enrollment, who are either (1) applying for SSDI or SSI or (2) undergoing an age-18 redetermination of SSI eligibility. The ODRD is a joint effort by the SSA, the OOD's Division of Disability Determination (DDD), and Ohio's Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR). It builds off other work by the SSA, exploring ways to improve the adult employment outcomes and financial independence for SSI recipients and SSI and SSDI applicants who are in the process of transitioning to adulthood. The agency will use the data collected to answer the following questions:
- What effect did the intervention have on receipt of Ohio's BVR services?
- What effect did the intervention have on employment outcomes such as job placement and earnings?
- What is the length of time from application to eligibility decision?
- What general vocational rehabilitation outcomes did participants achieve?
- What was the number of closed cases resulting in employment and what was the number of cases closed for other reasons?
This is a onetime collection of information, and there are no surveys or additional data collections for the ODRD. This collection is voluntary, and participation in the demonstration will have no impact on respondents' disability determination, benefits, or SSI payments. In addition, participation in the ODRD is revocable at any time. The SSA and the OOD will remove participants who revoke consent from the demonstration. Upon notification of revocation of participation, the SSA and the OOD will no longer use, transmit, or request information about the participant who revoked participation in any ODRD data exchange or analysis.
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