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Project Number: p05-12h

SSDI Work Incentives Choice Research Project

Principal Investigators: Allen Jensen and Robert Silverstein

Project Type: High Priority

Project Year: 05

Thematic Category: Return to Work

Project Summary:

The purpose of this proposed research project is to provide SSA with additional data and policy options for determining the nature and scope of its national demonstration projects designed to enhance return to work for SSDI beneficiaries (including SSI/SSDI concurrent beneficiaries) based on the premise that beneficiaries should be provided a choice whether or not to risk work. The overall goal of the policy option must facilitate cost savings (or at least not result in additional costs) to the Trust Fund and the Treasury.

This project will utilize ongoing evaluation activities in the states for Federal policy development as related to creating enhanced work incentives in SSA programs, particularly the SSDI program. The project will also utilize the untapped day-to-day experience of the cadre of benefits planners that have been funded through various federal initiatives. The focus of this project will be to synthesize the results and insights from the state work incentive evaluations with the personal experiences and insights of benefit planners based on their one-on-one discussions with SSDI and SSI beneficiaries.

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