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  2020
 
Social Security Task Force
Listening session for the cochairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force.
Thank you for arranging a listening session today for the cochairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force. As noted during the listening session, SSA proposes to schedule beneficiaries for continuing disability reviews differently depending on whether their claims were awarded at Step 3 or Step 5 of the sequential evaluation process. We strongly oppose this for several reasons and believe it to be against Congressional intent.
(December 2,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter on Minimum Withholding
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force write in response to proposals to use changes to the minimum Social Security withholding to pay for other improvements to the Social Security program. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(December 1,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD comments on OPM NPRM on ALJ hiring
These comments are submitted by the undersigned cochairs of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. Since 1973, CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families.
(November 18,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Request for Information on Proposed Transfer of Ticket to Work Program Comments
The undersigned co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Employment and Training and Social Security Task Forces write in response to the Department of Labor (DOL) Request for Information (RFI) referenced above. The CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(November 13,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
SSTF Comments on SSA Waiver Rule
These comments are submitted by the undersigned members of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. Since 1973, CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families.
(October 26,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Allies Letter to COSS about restarting CDRs
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and allies understand that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has re-started its Continuing Disability Review (CDR) workload and would like to share some ideas and recommendations with you so that CDRs are conducted efficiently and with appropriate regard for the rights and needs of beneficiaries. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(October 23,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Letter to SSA Re :Race and Ethnicity Data
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and allies write to ask the Social Security Administration (SSA) to collect and regularly report data about race and ethnicity. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(October 1,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Fact Sheet Overpayment Withholding Increase
Social Security beneficiaries can be overpaid for any number of reasons: even if they report all changes promptly to SSA, it can take the agency several months to act on the report and an overpayment can result. SSA collects overpayments by withholding 100% of Social Security benefits until they are paid off; if the beneficiary requests a different rate it is generally granted as long as the overpayment is paid off within 36 months.
(September 23,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Cochairs’ Statement Regarding Payroll Tax Deferral
The cochairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force continue to strenuously oppose proposals in Congress to reduce or suspend FICA taxes. Our opposition is even greater to President Trump’s decision to defer payroll taxes via an executive memorandum.
(August 11,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD CoChairs Letter re Payroll Tax Cut
The undersigned cochairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force write in response to proposals to include a payroll tax cut in the next COVID-19 relief package that would reduce contributions to the Social Security Trust Funds. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(July 23,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Fact Sheet on UI and SSDI
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for unemployment insurance to replace wages lost in through circumstances beyond workers’ control. Given prior interest in proposals to reduce or eliminate benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI), the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force reiterates that receiving UI and SSDI concurrently is completely appropriate and reflects the priorities of the SSDI program.
(July 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter to the Hill re CDR Resart
The undersigned organizations write in response to a recent change made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to restart Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) in the middle of this global pandemic. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(July 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
SSA response to CCD’s second letter about covid
Email Addresses for PSCs, CCD: SSA’s response to our request that the agency establish email addresses for representatives to send documents to the Program Service Centers (PSCs), as SSA did with the Representative Call Center was “Representatives should continue to fax material to the PSCs using the existing channels they have relied on for service in the past.”
(July 1,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter re Waiting Periods
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and allies write as more than half the members of the House and Senate have co-sponsored the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 (S. 578 and H.R. 1407).
(June 23,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Second letter to Commissioner Saul about covid
Thank you for your response to our April 17, 2020 letter about SSA’s pandemic response. We appreciate the communication we have had with several SSA components and the work the agency is doing to serve the public in challenging times. We, the undersigned co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities’ Social Security Task Force, did want to seek clarification on and respond to several points made in your letter.
(June 4,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
SSA response to letter about COVID response
Phone Numbers for Field Offices CCD: Please publish field office phone numbers more prominently. Currently, the national 800 number is in two much more visible spots (symbolized with red “x”s below) and the local number (shown with a green star) is more difficult to find on the field office locator tool. With wait times on the 800 number exceeding 90 minutes, allowing people to more easily contact their local offices is critical to improving customer service.
(June 3,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Cochairs’ letter about deadline for OASDI beneficiaries with children to use IRS portal
The undersigned cochairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force write in response to your recently announced deadline for Social Security beneficiaries to file taxes or utilize the new web tool to claim economic impact payments for child dependents under the age of 17 or wait until 2021 to claim the payments.
(April 21,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Member and allied organization letter about deadline for OASDI beneficiaries with children to use IRS portal
The undersigned organizations, which are members and allies of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), write in response to your recently announced deadline for Social Security beneficiaries to file taxes or utilize the new web tool to claim economic impact payments for child dependents under the age of 17 or wait until 2021 to claim the payments. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(April 21,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Letter to Commissioner Saul on covid-19 response.
Thank you for all the work you and your staff are doing to adapt the Social Security Administration’s activities and keep the public informed during these challenging times. We, the undersigned co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities’ Social Security Task Force, realize this is an enormous task, but one that is vital to the nearly 70 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits and the millions more who use SSA’s other services.
(April 17,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD and Allies Letter on VA-SSI Glitch
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and allied organizations write in response to the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law Number 116-136.
(April 3,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Endorsement of Stable Benefits and Housing Assistance Act
The cochairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force are pleased to report that the task force has endorsed the Stable Benefits and Housing Assistance Act. The current law’s disparate treatment of relocation assistance depending on whether it is paid directly by state and local governments, or whether it is paid by landlords pursuant to laws made by state and local governments, is confusing for the Social Security Administration to administer and unhelpful to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are being relocated.
(February 28,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Co-Chairs AAJ NPRM letter
These comments are submitted by the undersigned co-chairs of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self- determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. Since 1973, CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families.
(February 18,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD HR 4280 S 2753 endorsement letter
The undersigned organizations are pleased to provide this letter of support for your bills, H.R. 4280 and S. 2753, the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2019. Our organizations are all members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is a coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of the approximately 57 million children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(February 14,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Comments on SSA Proposed Rule about the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews
These comments are submitted by the undersigned co-chairs of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. Since 1973, CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families.
(January 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Support for Expanding SSI to Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) improves financial security for more than 4.3 million people with disabilities and over a million people over age 65, all of whom meet strict limits on income and assets. The maximum SSI benefit for 2020 is just $783 per month, well below the federal poverty line, but even this extremely modest benefit helps senior citizens and people with disabilities to maintain housing, purchase food, and meet other basic needs.
(January 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Endorsement of the Stop the Wait Act
The cochairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force are pleased to report that the task force has endorsed the Stop the Wait Act (S. 2496 and H.R. 4386). The current law’s requirement that people must wait five months from the onset of disability for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to become payable causes significant hardship. Delaying earned benefits, especially after lengthy waits for disability determinations, can lead some people to lose their housing or face other financial crises. Those who die during the waiting period never receive the peace of mind that SSDI can provide.
(January 16,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Annual Report - Social Security Task Force
(January 9,  2020) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2019
 
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement Paid Leave May 8 Ways and Means Hearing
Thank you for the opportunity to submit the following statement for the record of the Committee’s May 8, 2019 hearing on “Paid Family and Medical Leave: Helping Workers and Employers Succeed.” The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(May 22,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Key Points about the 2019 Social Security Trustees Report
The most important take-away from the 2019 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people. No institution does more to protect the financial security and dignity of Americans in retirement, in disability, or when a worker dies and is survived by their young children and spouse.
(April 22,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Solvency Principles
Principle 1: The long-term solvency of the Social Security Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance programs should be attained through revenue increases without any benefit cuts. Benefit cuts to Social Security include (but are not limited to): increases in the early or full retirement age, means-testing benefits, changing the Cost of Living Adjustment to make it less adequate, requiring additional work credits to obtain coverage, time-limiting benefits, restricting eligibility, reducing benefits, or altering the sequential evaluation process in a way that will increase the number of claimants denied disability benefits.
(April 3,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Comments SSA-2017-0046
These comments are submitted on behalf of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States. CCD's Social Security Task Force ("CCD Task Force") focuses on disability policy issues in the Title II disability programs and the Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
(April 2,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Trump FY2020 Budget FactSheet
Our Social Security system is a foundation of our nation’s economic security. Nearly all U.S. workers pay in to Social Security and are insured for Social Security Old-Age Insurance, Survivors’ Insurance, and Disability Insurance. Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI, is another core part of this system. SSI provides a basic standard of living for extremely low-income seniors and for children and adults with significant disabilities.
(March 22,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Improving Decision Making at the DDS
It is in the interest of all parties involved for the Social Security Administration to make the right decision as early as possible during the adjudicative process in a disability claim that will eventually be awarded. The failure to approve a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits during the initial review of a claim when the individual meets the statutory eligibility requirements harms claimants by delaying access to vital income support and potentially leading to unnecessary preventable harm to the claimant (e.g. homelessness, bankruptcy, deteriorating health due to lack of access to medical care) and is administratively inefficient for the agency to be required to dedicate resources to an additional level (or additional levels) of review if the claim could have been approved earlier.
(March 6,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Sign On Comments Pain NPRM
These comments are submitted on behalf of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States. CCD’s Social Security Task Force (“CCD Task Force”) focuses on disability policy issues in the Title II disability programs and the Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
(February 15,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Statement on Proposals to Use Social Security to Pay for Paid Leave
The U.S. can create a paid family and medical leave plan affordably and responsibly – without reducing, denying, or delaying access to Social Security retirement, disability, or survivor benefits. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force opposes proposals that would reduce, delay, or deny access to Social Security retirement, disability, or survivors’ benefits. We offer the following considerations related to the impact of proposals to fund a nation paid leave program by cutting Social Security:
(January 28,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Co-Chairs VTC Hearings NPRM
These comments are submitted on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States. CCD’s Social Security Task Force (“CCD Task Force”) focuses on disability policy issues in the Title II disability programs and the Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
(January 14,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2018 Social Security Task Force Report
(January 9,  2019) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2018
 
Social Security Task Force
CCD Testimony Social Security Subcommittee
Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Larson, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony for this hearing entitled “Examining Changes to Social Security’s Disability Appeals Process.”
(July 25,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement for the Record of July 11 hearing on Paid Leave and Social Security
Thank you for the opportunity to submit the following statement for the record of the Subcommittee’s July 11, 2018 hearing on “Examining the Importance of Paid Family Leave for American Working Families.”
(July 23,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force HR 3309 Letter of Support
The work incentives within the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program are crucial, yet complex. An online tool that helps SSDI beneficiaries understand how earnings will affect their benefits is one way to help people with disabilities gain more independence and financial stability. The decision to return to the workforce or increase earnings can be a difficult one, often made in consultation with loved ones, medical providers, and organizations such as Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) grantees.
(July 17,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement Opposing Executive Order on Administrative Law Judge Hiring
Washington, DC, July 13, 2018 -- The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) strongly condemns President Trump’s Executive Order Excepting Administrative Law Judges From The Competitive Service issued on July 10. This unprecedented action needlessly politicizes the hiring of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) tasked with providing fair and non-political decisions regarding the rights of people with disabilities to access vital health care and Social Security disability benefits, as well as to resolve certain employment and labor disputes.
(July 13,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement on Paid Leave and Social Security
The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) has proposed creating a new parental leave benefit, paid for by asking workers to take a cut in their future Social Security benefits. Under the IWF proposal, workers could receive up to 12 weeks of partially-paid parental leave, offset by a reduction or delay in their Social Security retirement benefits. Participation would be voluntary.
(July 9,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Co-Chairs Musculoskeletal Comments Docket No. SSA-2006-0112
These comments are submitted on behalf of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(July 8,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2018 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Statement
Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The 2018 Trustees Report highlights that our Social Security system continues to operate well for the American people. Our Social Security system’s financial outlook remains stable, and can continue to pay all scheduled old age, survivors, and disability benefits until 2034. With modest increases in revenue, Social Security will be able to pay full benefits throughout the century and beyond.
(June 6,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2018 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Talking Points
The most important take-away from the 2018 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people. No institution does more to protect the financial security and dignity of Americans in retirement, in disability, or when a worker dies and is survived by their young children and spouse.
(June 6,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
President’s FY 2019 Budget Would Limit Disability Claimants’ Access to Representation
Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSDI and SSI) provide financial stability to millions of Americans with severe disabilities. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has extremely strict standards for disability. Fewer than 4 in 10 applications for disability benefits result in an award; according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), the United States has one of the narrowest standards of disability among its member nations.
(March 13,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
President’s FY 2019 Budget: Devastating Cuts to Social Security
Our Social Security system is a foundation of our nation’s economic security. Nearly all U.S. workers pay in to Social Security and are insured for Social Security Old-Age Insurance, Survivors’ Insurance, and Disability Insurance. Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI, is another core part of this system. SSI provides a basic standard of living for extremely low-income seniors and for children and adults with significant disabilities.
(February 13,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Comments SSA SSI Youth RFI Docket No. SSA–2017–0049
The undersigned organizational members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force (SSTF) and the Employment &Training Task Force (E&TTF) are pleased to submit the following comments responding to the request for information regarding strategies to improve adult outcomes for youth receiving supplemental security income, 83 Fed. Reg. 411, published on January 3, 2018 [Docket No. SSA–2017–0049].
(February 2,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Preserve SSI for People with Disabilities
As part of our nation’s Social Security system, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) was enacted in 1972 to reduce poverty by providing a basic living standard for extremely low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Today, SSI provides essential income to about 8.2 million people across the U.S., including 2.2 million seniors and 6 million children and adults with some of the most severe impairments and illnesses.
(January 25,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Annual Report - Social Security Task Force
(January 22,  2018) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2017
 
Social Security Task Force
Joint Task Force Letter of Support for the Ticket to Work program
On behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Employment and Training Task Force and Social Security Task Force, the undersigned organizations write to express our strong support for the Social Security Ticket to Work program and concern regarding language included in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS appropriations report concerning that program.
(December 20,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force HR 4547 Letter of Support
The undersigned organizations are pleased to provide this letter of endorsement for H.R. 4547, the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017. Our organizations are all members of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).
(December 15,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Press Release on HR 2792
Washington, DC – On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the House of Representatives approved by a vote of 224 to 171 an amended version of H.R. 2792, a bill to cut off Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits entirely for certain people with disabilities, as well as seniors.
(September 28,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Press Release on HR 2792
Washington, DC – On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee passed an amended version of H.R. 2792, the Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act of 2017. This bill would cut off Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits entirely for certain people with disabilities, as well as seniors.
(September 13,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony of Lisa Ekman, Co-Chair Social Security Task Force Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
I am the Director of Government Affairs for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). I am also a Co-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force. Today I am testifying on behalf of Social Security Task Force and the undersigned organizations.
(September 6,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2017 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Talking Points
The most important take-away from the 2017 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people. No institution does more to protect the financial security and dignity of Americans in retirement, in disability, or when a worker dies and is survived by their young children and spouse.
(July 13,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2017 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Statement
Washington, DC – Today, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The 2017 Trustees Report highlights that our Social Security system continues to operate well for the American people. Our Social Security system’s financial outlook remains stable, and can continue to pay all scheduled old age, survivors, and disability benefits until 2034.
(July 13,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Principles and Recommendations for Strengthening Social Security’s Representative Payee Program CCD Social Security Task Force
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a coalition of national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(July 7,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Reject Proposals to Stop Benefits for Outstanding Warrants: Bad Policy Cuts Off Social Security, SSI
Legislative proposals such as H.R. 2792 would bar payment of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to people with an outstanding arrest warrant for an alleged felony or for an alleged violation of probation or parole. This would revive an old, failed policy that had catastrophic effects for many people with disabilities and seniors, employing procedures that did not withstand judicial scrutiny.
(June 12,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Statement on Washington Post Series 2nd Article
Washington, DC – Our Social Security system provides basic economic security for us all. Not only does Social Security provide the foundation for a secure retirement, it also insures nearly all American workers and their families against the possibility of a life-changing disability that prevents substantial work and earnings.
(June 5,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
President’s FY 2018 Budget: Devastating Cuts to Social Security
Our Social Security system is a foundation of our nation’s economic security. Nearly all American workers pay in to Social Security and are insured for Social Security Old-Age Insurance, Survivors’ Insurance, and Disability Insurance. Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI, is another core part of this system. SSI provides a basic standard of living for extremely low-income seniors and for children and adults with significant disabilities.
(May 23,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Preserve Supplemental Security Income: Oppose “Sliding Scale” Cuts
As part of our nation’s Social Security system, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides a basic standard of living for about 8.3 million Americans (1.2 million children and 4.8 million adults with significant disabilities; 2.2 million seniors). SSI helps people meet their daily needs, pay for out of pocket medical and disability- related expenses, and avoid extreme hardship and homelessness. All SSI recipients have extremely low incomes and assets. People who qualify due to a disability must also meet Social Security’s stringent national standard.
(May 22,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Sign On Letter to Washington Post
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a working coalition of national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(April 21,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Statement on Washington Post series, “Disabled America” Co-Chairs, CCD Social Security Task Force
Washington, DC – Our Social Security system provides basic economic security for us all. Not only does Social Security provide the foundation for a secure retirement, it also insures nearly all American workers and their families against the possibility of a life-changing disability that prevents substantial work and earnings.
(April 12,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony of Marty Ford, on Behalf of the Social Security Task Force, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Chairman Buchanan, Ranking Member Lewis, Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Larson, and Members of the Subcommittees, thank you for holding this two-part series of hearings on Social Security’s representative payee program and for inviting me to testify today. I am submitting this testimony on behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force.
(March 22,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act CCD Support Letter 115th
It is the pleasure of the undersigned member organizations of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to provide you with this letter of support for the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2017. CCD is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society
(February 16,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD-SS-Task-Force-Report-2016
(January 10,  2017) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2016
 
Social Security Task Force
Preserve Supplemental Security Income: A Vital Part of our Social Security System
As part of our nation’s Social Security system, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) was enacted in1972 to reduce poverty by providing a floor under the incomes of extremely low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
(December 6,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Treating Physician Comments
The undersigned organizational members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) are pleased to submit the following comments regarding Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence, 81 Fed. Reg. 62559 published on September 9, 2016 (Docket No. SSA-2012-0035).
(November 8,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Representative Conduct NPRM Co-Chairs comments
The undersigned Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force are pleased to submit the following comments regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published on August 16, 2016 (81 Fed. Reg. 54520, Docket No. SSA-2013-0044).
(October 19,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSA NPRM Establishing Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Appeals Council
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force are pleased to submit the following comments regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published on July 12, 2016 (81 Fed. Reg. 45079, Docket No. SSA-2014-0052).
(August 26,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSA NPRM Evidence From Statutorily Excluded Medical Sources
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force are pleased to submit the following comments regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published on June 10, 2016 (81 Fed. Reg. 37557, Docket No. SSA-2016-0015).
(August 9,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security and Employment and Training Task Forces UWA and EXR NPRM
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security and Employment and Training Task Forces are pleased to submit the following comments in support of the notice of proposed rulemaking published on May 11, 2016.
(July 11,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning “Implementation of the NICS Improvements Act of 2007 (NIAA)”
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) offer the following comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) concerning “Implementation of the NICS Improvements Act of 2007 (NIAA)” published on May 5, 2016 (81 FR 27059, Docket No. SSA-2016-0011).
(July 5,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2016 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Statement 06-22-16
Washington, DC – Today, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The 2016 Trustees Report highlights that our Social Security system continues to operate well for the American people.
(June 22,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2016 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Talking Points 06-22-16
The most important take-away from the 2016 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people.
(June 22,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Preserve SSI for Children and Families
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides essential support to about 1.3 million children with some of the most severe impairments and illnesses, living in families with low incomes and limited resources.
(June 7,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF FY 2017 SSA LAE Letter House
The undersigned organizations urge Congress to fully fund the President's FY 2017 budget request of $13.067 billion for the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Limitation on Administrative Expenses (LAE).
(June 2,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF FY 2017 SSA LAE Letter Senate
The undersigned organizations urge Congress to fully fund the President's FY 2017 budget request of $13.067 billion for the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Limitation on Administrative Expenses (LAE).
(June 2,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement HSGAC Hearing
Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Carper, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit this Statement for the Record as Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force, on “Government Reform: Ending Duplication and Holding Washington Accountable.”
(May 9,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Sign on letter to Acting Commissioner Colvin regarding fee cap for representatives in Social Security disability cases
The undersigned organizations are writing to express our support for raising the cap on fees that representatives can earn using the fee agreement when representing applicants for Social Security Disability benefits (Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs) and for putting in place procedures to ensure more regular and consistent increases in this fee cap to keep pace with inflation moving forward.
(April 18,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act Sign on letter
It is the pleasure of the undersigned member organizations of the Education, Financial Security, and Social Security Task Forces of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) to provide you with this letter of support for the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act of 2016.
(April 15,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Administration, Ticket to Work, Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Feb. 10, 2016
On behalf of the CCD Employment and Training Task force and Social Security Task Force, we offer the following observations in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the Ticket to Work Program issued on February 10, 2016. CCD is a coalition of national disability rights, advocacy, consumer and provider organizations representing this nation’s 57 million Americans with disabilities.
(April 8,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Co-Chairs NICS White House Letter
The Co-Chairs of the Social Security and Rights Task Forces of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to follow up on your offer to meet with disability groups made at a “big table” meeting in January regarding the proposal President Obama announced on January 5, 2016 to report information gleaned from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) representative payee database to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check system.
(February 16,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF 2016 Priorities and Activities
During 2016, the Task Force will continue to be active in the following areas:
(January 21,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Policies for Co Chairs and Sign Ons
It is the policy of the Social Security Task Force (SSTF) to express its policy positions through the use of sign ons for letters, comments, statements for the record, and testimony when possible, feasible and desirable.
(January 21,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD comments on the NPRM on claims procedures for disability insurance under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 filed on 1-19-2016
These comments are submitted on behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). The CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the approximately 57 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States.
(January 20,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force Report 2015
(January 7,  2016) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2015
 
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Comments ANPRM on vocational factors
These comments are submitted on behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force. The CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the approximately 57 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States.
(December 15,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Ideascale Campaign on Reasonable Accommodations
We submit these comments as Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities’ Employment and Training, Rights, and Social Security Task Forces. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(December 1,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Updated CCD Benefit Offset Proposal
The CCD Social Security Task Force developed this proposal in response to a request by Congressional staff to provide information on the design of a benefit offset that the Task Force could support if the income disregard was not set at the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level (SGA is currently $1,090/month).
(September 25,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Final One Social Security Act Endorsement Letter
The undersigned organizations are pleased to provide this letter of endorsement for H.R. 3150, the One Social Security Act. Our organizations are all members of the Social Security Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD).
(September 14,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Recommendations to Improve SSDI Program
These comments are submitted by the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force. CCD is a consortium of national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C.
(September 1,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD WM on work opportunities for SSDI beneficiaries
Chairman Ryan, Ranking Member Levin, and Members of the Committee, the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force submit this Statement for the Record for the July 9, 2015 hearing on “Promoting Work Opportunities for Social Security Disability Insurance Beneficiaries.”
(July 24,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Statement on Proposed Social Security, SSI Offset for Surface Transportation Bill
Washington, DC – Today, the Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force released the following statement in response to the inclusion of a Senate proposal to partially pay for legislation to reauthorize surface transportation programs by cutting Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits:
(July 22,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2015 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Statement
Washington, DC – Today, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The 2015 Trustees Report highlights that our Social Security system continues to operate well for the American people.
(July 22,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
2015 Trustees Report CCD SSTF Talking Points
The most important take-away from the 2015 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people. No institution does more to protect the financial security and dignity of Americans in retirement, in disability, or when a worker dies and is survived by their young children and spouse.
(July 22,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Co-Chairs Letter
As Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force, we write to express the Task Force’s strong opposition to enacting legislation that cuts Social Security, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to offset the costs of unrelated programs in the surface transportation reauthorization bill.
(July 16,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force, on “Protecting the Safety Net from Fraud, Waste, and Abuse"
CCD is a working coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider, and professional organizations working together with and on behalf of the 54 million children and adults with disabilities and their families living in the United States.
(June 20,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
We write as Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force in follow up to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform April 14, 2015 hearing on “Government Accountability Office’s Duplication Report at Five Years: Recommendations Remain Unaddressed.”
(May 6,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter to the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
We write as Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force in follow up to the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs April 14, 2015 hearing on “Reducing Unnecessary Duplication in Federal Programs: Billions More Could Be Saved.”
(May 6,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Flake Amendment 667 SSDI UI
The Senate should reject Flake Amendment 667 to the Senate Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11) and any similar proposals to reduce or eliminate benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI).
(March 25,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter on SSDI Provisions in House Budget Resolution
We write as co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force to express our strong opposition to all proposals to include provisions in the Fiscal Year 2016 House Budget Resolution that would:
(March 24,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter DI-UI
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the Coalition on Human Needs, and the Strengthen Social Security Coalition write to express our opposition to proposals to eliminate or reduce concurrent Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, including the “Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act of 2015” (S. 499; H.R. 918) and the “Reducing Overlapping Payments Act of 2015” (S. 343).
(March 17,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement for the Record
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submit the following statement for the record of the February 25, 2015 hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, on “Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund’s Solvency”.
(February 25,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD DI UI Fact Sheet S499 HR918 S343
Congress should reject proposals to reduce or eliminate benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI):
(February 20,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement for the Record
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submit the following statement for the record of the February 11, 2015 hearing held by the Senate Committee on the Budget on “The Coming Crisis: Social Security Disability Trust Fund Insolvency”.
(February 11,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD DI UI Fact Sheet
Oppose Cuts to Concurrent SSDI and UI Benefits: Proposals Would Hurt SSDI Beneficiaries and Their Families, Discourage Work
(February 5,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
House Rules for the 114th Congress Put Social Security, SSDI At Risk
(January 30,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter on House Rules 114th
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to express our dismay at the inclusion of a provision in the House rules for the 114th Congress (H. Res. 5) that creates obstacles to a common-sense, fiscally responsible action needed to prevent across-the-board benefit cuts of 20 percent to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in 2016.
(January 15,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report for 2014
(January 12,  2015) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2014
 
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter RE HR 4090 and HR 5260
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force write to thank you for your leadership regarding protecting the integrity of the Social Security disability programs.
(November 25,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Proposal for a Benefit Offset in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program
The CCD Social Security Task Force has long been on record supporting the creation of a benefit offset in the SSDI program to eliminate the work disincentive created by the cash cliff and create a ramp off of benefits to better support return to work for SSDI beneficiaries.
(September 16,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force and Financial Security Task Force to express the opposition of their Task Forces to three proposals for financing the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act; H.R. 647)
(September 3,  2014)
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement for Record Senate Finance
The Co-Chairs of the CCD Social Security Task Force submit this Statement for the Record of the July 24, 2014, Senate Finance Committee hearing on “A Fresh Look at Workers’ Disability Insurance.”
(August 7,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force Statement on the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report
Washington, DC – Today, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The 2014 Trustees Report highlights that our Social Security system continues to operate well for the American people.
(July 28,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Key Points about the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report
The most important take-away from the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people.
(July 28,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter DI-UI
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) write to express our opposition to proposals to eliminate or reduce concurrent Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits as a partial offset for funding the Highway Trust Fund under the Preserving American’s Transit and Highways Act (PATH Act).
(July 2,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter to Rep Lankford and Rep Speier
We are writing this letter on behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force to provide feedback on your April 8, 2014 letter to the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn W. Colvin.
(June 17,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Just the Facts on Social Security’s Disability Programs
Our nation’s Social Security system provides peace of mind for all Americans. Not only does it provide the foundation for a secure retirement -- it also protects nearly all American workers and their families against the possibility of a life-changing disability or illness that prevents substantial work.
(June 10,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Recommendations to Support SSA’s Program Integrity Work
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has one of the lowest error rates in the government, with a less than 1% rate of over-payments for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
(June 10,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
The Social Security Disability Appeals Process
Under the Social Security Act, eligibility for disability benefits is restricted to individuals who are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a mental or physical impairment, or combination of impairments, that has lasted at least a year or which is expected to result in death.
(June 10,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter RE SSA FO Service Cuts
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) are writing to express our concerns with the Social Security Administration (SSA) plan to phase out two field office services – benefit verification letters and Social Security Number printouts (“SSN printouts”).
(May 2,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force comments on proposed changes to SSA evidence submission regulations (Apr. 21, 2014)
These comments are submitted on behalf of the undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force in response to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding “Submission of Evidence in Disability Claims. 79 Fed. Reg. 9663 (Feb. 20, 2014).
(May 1,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Statement of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Regarding Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving legislation to extend federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation that does not include policies to eliminate or reduce Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Unemployment Insurance benefits.
(May 1,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD S. 2097 Fact Sheet
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Extension: S. 2097 Permanently Raids Social Security to Pay For a 6-Month EUC Extension, Hurting Workers with Disabilities and Their Families
(March 13,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Statement for the Record House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing on Fighting Social Security Disability Fraud
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a working coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of the 57 million children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(March 12,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Disability Insurance Demonstration Principles:
The CCD Social Security Task Force supports efforts to test program rule changes and interventions through demonstration or pilot projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries. However, the Task Force also believes that the principles contained in this document must be adhered to in order to maximize the effectiveness of the projects and to protect SSDI beneficiaries in the design and implementation of any demonstrations.
(March 4,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force FY15 Budget Statement
The Co-Chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force today issued the following statement in response to the release of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal
(March 4,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD statement for record Hearing on the Social Security Disability Fraud Scheme in New York
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a working coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of the 54 million children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.
(February 8,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report for 2013
(January 14,  2014) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter to Senate on DI/UI Offset
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities are writing to express our opposition to proposals to eliminate or reduce Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits as a partial offset for extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program.
(January 13,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Fact Sheet on DI/UI Offset
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Extension: Don’t Cut Social Security to Pay For an EUC Extension
(January 13,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Social Security Task Force Statement Regarding NYC Fraud Allegations
Approximately 100 former police officers, firefighters and others were indicted this week in New York City for allegedly fraudulently obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
(January 12,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter DI-UI
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities are writing to express our opposition to proposals to eliminate or reduce Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits as a partial offset for extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program.
(January 9,  2014) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2013
 
Social Security Task Force
CCD Letter to 60 Minutes - Social Security Disability
We are aware that a CBS 60 Minutes broadcast on the Social Security disability programs is scheduled to air this coming Sunday, October 6th, which has been promoted with the following preview posted to CBS’s website:
(October 5,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Just the Facts on Social Security’s Disability Programs
Our Social Security system provides peace of mind for all Americans.
(October 4,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Recommendations to Support SSA's Program Integrity
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has one of the lowest error rates in the government, with a less than 1% rate of under- and over- payments for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
(October 3,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
The Social Security Disability Appeals Process
Under the Social Security Act, eligibility for disability benefits is restricted to individuals who are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) due to a mental or physical impairment, or combination of impairments, that has lasted at least a year or which is expected to result in death.
(October 3,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Fact Sheet on GAO Report
While GAO Estimates 0.5% of DI Payments May Have Been Improper, Actual ate Potentially Lower Due to Factors Not Analyzed
(September 19,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Comments on Changes to Scheduling and Appearing at Hearings
These comments are submitted by the co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Social Security Task Force in response to the Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published at 78 Fed. Reg. 38610 (June 27, 2013), regarding proposed revisions to the scheduling and appearing at hearings before administrative law judges (ALJs).
(September 10,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Comments on: “Bipartisan Proposals to Reform Social Security: Benefits Adjustments”
Submitted to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the co-chairs of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force.
(August 27,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Reference List
(August 20,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD SSTF Co-Chairs comments for SSAB
(August 20,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Ways and Means CCPI Comments
Comments on: “Using the Chained Consumer Price Index to Determine Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments and Benefit Increases for Long-Time Social Security Beneficiaries”
(August 9,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
The Social Security Trustees Report is Out – but What Does It Mean for People with Disabilities?
The Social Security Trustees have released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The report will get a lot of attention in the media, so be warned: it's critical to sort out the truth from the hype.
(May 31,  2013)
Social Security Task Force
Trustees Report CCD SSTF Statement
Washington, DC – Today, the Social Security Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security trust funds. The 2013 Trustees Report highlights that our Social Security system continues to operate well for the American people.
(May 31,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Key Points about the 2013 Social Security Trustees Report
The most important take-away from the 2013 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work, and work well, for the American people.
(May 31,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Ways and Means CCPI Hearing Statement
(May 6,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
"Unfit" for NPR -- Let's Get the Facts Straight on Disability
(April 15,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
"Unfit" for NPR -- Let's Get the Facts Straight on Disability
(April 15,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
The Chained CPI & People with Disabilities: A Cut to Social Security, SSI, and Other Vital Programs
(April 8,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
An Open Letter from Former Commissioners of the Social Security Administration
As former Commissioners of the Social Security Administration (SSA), we write to express our significant concerns regarding a series recently aired on This American Life, All Things Considered, and National Public Radio stations across the U.S.
(April 4,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
The Facts About the Social Security Disability Programs
(April 4,  2013)
Social Security Task Force
Getting the Facts Straight on Disability
A recent series on Planet Money, This American Life, and All Things Considered ("Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America" and "Trends With Benefits”)
(April 2,  2013) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report
(January 3,  2013) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
 
 
  2012
 
Social Security Task Force
SSTF Chained CPI Fact Sheet
No Cuts to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Benefits: Oppose Changing Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment to Chained CPI
(December 18,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report
(December 18,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Congress Sign on Opposing Chained CPI
(December 14,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD President Sign on Opposing Chained CPI
(December 14,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
The Chained Consumer Price Index Would Hurt People With Disabilities
(December 11,  2012)
Social Security Task Force
No Cuts to Social Security Benefits
(November 14,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Preserve Supplemental Security Income Benefits For Adults And Children
(November 14,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
RE: CCD Huffington Post Article on SSI 40th Anniversary
(October 31,  2012)
Social Security Task Force
Hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security
(September 12,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony of Marty Ford Social Security Task Force Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
(August 1,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony of Ethel Zelenske, Co-Chair Social Security Task Force Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
(August 1,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD Disability Program Reform Principles
(July 25,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
RE: CCD Letter to the Editor, Washington Post : Why disability aid is growing
(June 8,  2012)
Social Security Task Force
CCD HELP Hearing on Back-to-Work Strategies
(April 6,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony presented by Beth Bates on behalf of the CCD Social Security Task Force, Nov. 19, 2009, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on “Clearing the Disability Claims Backlogs: The Social Security Administration’s Progress and New Challenges Arising From the Recession”
(March 7,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony of Nancy Shor on behalf of the CCD Social Security Task Force, Apr. 27, 2010, House Ways and Means Subcommittees on Income Security and Family Support and Social Security
(March 7,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony of Ethel Zelenske, Co-Chair, CCD Social Security Task Force, July 15, 2010, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on “Social Security at 75 Years: More Necessary Now Than Ever”
(March 7,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony of Marty Ford, Co-Chair, CCD Social Security Task Force, Mar. 9, 2011, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, “Funding for the Social Security Administration in Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012”
(March 7,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Statement for the Record, Hearing on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, Dec. 2, 2011
(March 7,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Statement for the Record, Hearing on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program: Combating Waste, Fraud, and Abuse. Jan. 24, 2012
(March 7,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Letter to Senators Tom Harkin and Thad Cochran, Chairman and Ranking Member, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies re SSA FY 2011 budget appropriation
(March 7,  2012) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report
(January 18,  2012) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
 
 
  2011
 
Social Security Task Force
CCD Sign On Opposing Chained CPI
(August 4,  2011) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report
(January 12,  2011) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
 
 
  2010
 
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report
(January 6,  2010) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
 
 
  2009
 
Social Security Task Force
Talking Points on Obtaining a Claimant’s Electronic Signature on the Authorization for Disclosure of Information
(August 26,  2009) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony presented by Peggy Hathaway on March 24, 2009, at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Subcommittees on Social Security and Income Security and Family Support
(August 26,  2009) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
Settlement Reached in SSA Fleeing Felon Nationwide Class Action
CCD - Martinez update
(August 26,  2009) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
Co-chairs’ letter to Chairman David R. Obey and Ranking Member Jerry Lewis, House Appropriations Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
(August 26,  2009) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
Co-chairs’ letter to Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Tchad Cochran, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, regarding SSA for its Limitation on Administrative Expenses (LAE).
(August 26,  2009) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
Co-chairs’ letter to Chairman Daniel K. Inouye and Ranking Member, Thad Cochran, Senate Appropriations Committee regarding SSA for its Limitation on Administrative Expenses (LAE)
(August 26,  2009) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
Co-chairs’ letter to Chairman David R. Obey and Ranking Member Tiahrt, House Appropriations Committee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
(August 26,  2009) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
 
 
  2008
 
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Annual Report
(December 22,  2008) - Download [ PDF ] - Download [ WORD ]
Social Security Task Force
Reducing the Disability Backlog at the Social Security Administration/FY 2009 Budget Overview
(March 3,  2008) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD “Statement of Principles: Social Security Disability Program Work Incentives and Related Issues”
This document sets forth four basic principles that need to be followed in discussions about ways to change and improve the existing Social Security disability programs regarding initiatives to promote employment for beneficiaries. It also includes an overview of current work-related recommendations by CCD. If enacted, these recommendations would modernize and transform the programs so that people who want to work could do so without fear of repercussions. At the same time, these proposals would preserve the critical income supports and access to health and long term supports and services needed by so many people with severe disabilities.
(February 13,  2008) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD comments on proposed regulations regarding the SSA appeals process - dated December 27, 2007
(January 10,  2008) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Anuual Report 2007 and Goals for 2008
(January 10,  2008) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2006
 
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Report
(December 5,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD letter to Senate leadership regarding SSA’s FY 2007 appropriation
(November 2,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Quarter Report
July-September 2006
(September 29,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Co-chairs’ letter to Senate leadership regarding SSA’s FY 2007 appropriation
(September 27,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force Quarter Report
January - June 2006
(June 30,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Marty Ford testimony before the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, Hearing on Social Security’s Improved Disability Determination Process
(June 15,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Co-chairs’ letter to Chairman Ralph Regula, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, regarding SSA supplemental appropriation for FY 2006
(May 19,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Statement for the Record before the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee on Service Delivery Challenges Facing the Social Security Administration
(May 11,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Testimony of Eileen P. Sweeney before the Senate Finance Committee on Administrative Challenges Facing the Social Security Administration
(March 14,  2006) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2005
 
Social Security Task Force
CCD letter, dated November 22, 2006, to Social Security Advisory Board members regarding initial response to the Board’s report, A Disability System for the 21st Century.
(November 9,  2005) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
CCD letter, dated August 10, 2006, to Hal Daub, Chairman, Social Security Advisory Board, regarding the July 19 Social Security Advisory Board Roundtable, “A New Look at America’s Disability System.”
(November 7,  2005) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Comments, dated January 3, 2006, on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Age as a Factor in Evaluating Disability, 70 Federal Register 67101
(November 4,  2005) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Supplemental letter, dated August 18, 2006, regarding Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Age as a Factor in Evaluating Disability
(November 4,  2005) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Marty Ford's Testimony from the Hearing on the Commissioner of Social Security’s Proposed Improvements to the Disability Determination Process
(October 6,  2005) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
August 2005 Recess Action Alert: Efforts to Privatize Social Security Continue!
(September 7,  2005) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
House Budget Resolution Could Lead to Cuts in SSI; Senate Budget Does Not Include These Cuts.
(April 5,  2005) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2002
 
Social Security Task Force
Marty Ford testifies before Senate Finance Committee on Social Security
(October 2,  2002) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2001
 
Social Security Task Force
Testimony prepared for the Hearing on Processing of Attorneys' Fees by SSA
(May 10,  2001) - Download [ PDF ]
 
 
  2000
 
Social Security Task Force
Statement on the future of SSA disability programs before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security
(July 26,  2000) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Social Security Task Force statement on the readiness of the Social Security Administration to meet the needs of the impending wave of baby boomer beneficiaries
(April 5,  2000) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Letter to Members of the House Ways and Means Committee regarding the Substantial Gainful Activity level for individuals who are blind or disabled
(February 28,  2000) - Download [ PDF ]
Social Security Task Force
Summary of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (H.R. 1180). H.R. 1180 passed both the House and Senate just before Congress adjourned
The bill is expected to be signed into law the week of Dec. 13
(February 15,  2000) - Download [ PDF ]