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    Loeys-Dietz-Syndrome to be added to Compassionate Allowances

    Please add Loeys-Dietz-Syndrome to the list of conditions for Compassionate Allowances.

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    Claimant Form Idea

    The idea I am submitting is not original. This idea and suggestion is one that has been voiced by plenty of others through the years. It is regarding claimant forms/questionnaires that we at DDS send on the majority of initial adult claims. ADLs and work history primarily. These required forms are a great source of delay and cause much additional work than should be done to accomplish this task. The FTC/FTR process ...more »

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    Revise SS-5 social security applications

    alot of applicants do not read the 4 page instructions, attached to the ss-5 social security applications. question 9 ask for parents social security number, it shoud have in parentheseis we do not need parents social security numbers if you are over 18.This will avoid a lot of confusion and processing time. And adults calling their parents for their ssn's. Also avoid identity theft, by parents releasing their ssn's ...more »

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    Origin of Benefits

    It would be helpful for recipients of benefits to know the origin of their benefit. Specifically, what calculations are used for the benefit and what calculations are used for the deductions (e.g. Medicare). Many responsible recipients of benefits take their future seriously and would like to do long term budget planning, gifts to minors, charities, etc., etc. Without knowing the exact calculations, it is difficult ...more »

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    SS Equation

    I am trying to locate the specific equation to solve for social security solvency. There is a large amount of data available regarding the different models (high cost, low cost, intermediate cost) as well as many of the main variables (mortality, fertility, immigration), but nothing shows all of the factors coming together (including claim age, tax rate, taxable income, etc). The calculators/estimators for benefits ...more »

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    Create a disability data analysis and mapping working group

    I work in one of the Disability Processing Branch (DPB) . Some of us worked on fraud cases. I think it would be useful to have DPS grade GS-12, who handle different disability workloads, to provide inputs regarding data analysis and help in the mapping . It would be beneficial to the agency to have a working group with these selected DPS along with managers and other analysts. They can provide insights and useful feedback. ...more »

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    UPDATE: Progress Report for Open Government Plan 4.0

    We are excited to release our first progress report update since establishing our Open Government Plan 4.0. We have updates on the following items: • our flagship project, the National Disability Forum; • SSA’s new Analytics Center for Excellence (ACE); • our progress in identifying and releasing data assets; • the implementation of a new FOIA Online tool; and • the use of agency data to generate public facing . ...more »

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    Just Released: APIs and New SSA Data

    We continue to make more of our data available at www.ssa.gov, as well as Data.gov. Recent additions to our data inventory include: three new application programming interfaces to query Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance data; results of the Retirement Applicant Survey; and SSI Recipients by State and County, 2015. If you have feedback on our data, or have ideas about what kind of data would be useful to you, ...more »

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    Now Available – Geospatial Mapping @ SSA!

    We recently launched our first public-facing geospatial map, the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Beneficiaries and Benefits by State 2014. The OASDI map provides a quick distribution of Social Security beneficiaries and benefit dollars by state, visualizing complex data and rendering it in a way that is easy to understand. This first map lays the groundwork for our publishing other public maps. The ...more »

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    MER fee dropdown in DGS

    In my region, ODAR is responsible for requesting medical records rather than going through DDS. As this is the case it would be nice to have the fee schedules for requesting MER added as a drop down in the form rather than typing in the information especially when ordering from other states. Many do not know how to find the fee schedules online let alone word the information about the fee. The drop down could be identified ...more »

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    Updated SSA Data on API Language Services Available

    Social Security has updated an existing data set:

     

    • We have released updated data on Telephone Interpreter Services (TIS) in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Language.

     

    https://www.ssa.gov/open/data/AAPI--quarterly-TIS.html

     

    If you have feedback on our data, or have ideas about what kind of data would be useful to you, please continue to share your feedback through this forum.

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    New SSA Data on Disability Determinations and Reviews

    SSA has new data to share: • Periodic Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) Processed (https://www.ssa.gov/open/data/Periodic-Continuing-Disability-Reviews.html#dataCollectionDescription) – One aspect of our efforts to effectively detect, deter, and mitigate fraud, waste, and abuse in our programs, is to work with state Disability Determination Services (DDS) to conduct regular Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs). This ...more »

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