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Project Number: p05-11h

Work Incentives Advisory Group

Principal Investigator: Tanya Gallagher

Project Type: High Priority

Project Year: 05

Thematic Category: Return to Work

Project Summary:

The Work Incentives Software Advisory (WISA) Group was formed by the Disability Research Institute (DRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to advise the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding future benefits analysis software development efforts. Benefits analysis software can help beneficiaries make informed choices about the impact of work on benefits across multiple federal and state programs. The availability of accurate, comprehensive, easily accessible information of this type would contribute importantly to the success of various employment initiatives for individuals with disabilities such as the New Freedom Initiative and the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency program. The WISA Group was convened to provide SSA with recommendations regarding the development of benefits analysis software after careful consideration of the following broad issues: 1) what information should be included in a benefits analysis software tool; 2) who should be able to use it; 3) what “ease of use” features are needed in order to maximize flexibility and customization of software that is developed; and 4) what other issues should be considered in SSA’s future benefits analysis software development activities.

Project Deliverables:

Final Technical Report: Work Incentives Software Advisory Group (Word file Word file - 364k)