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HEARING: Chairman Johnson and Chairman Davis Announce Joint Hearing on Work Incentives in Social Security Disability Programs

September 23, 2011

Focus Of The Hearing:
The hearing will focus on the current work incentives in the SSDI and SSI programs, their impact on the number of individuals exiting the benefit roles, including the data and reports documenting such impact.  The Subcommittees will also examine recommended performance standards to guide future evaluations of work incentives programs, with particular focus on Ticket to Work, WIPA, PABSS, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.  In addition, ongoing and proposed SSDI demonstration projects will also be reviewed.

Witness List:

Robert R. Williams
Associate Commissioner, Office of Employment Support Programs, accompanied by Dr. Robert R. Weathers II, Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Program Development and Research, Social Security Administration

Dan Bertoni
Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, U.S.
Government Accountability Office

Deb Russell
Manager, Outreach and Employee Services, Walgreens Company, Deerfield, Illinois
Testimony (Truth in Testimony)

James Hanophy
Assistant Commissioner, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Austin, Texas, on behalf of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
Testimony (Truth in Testimony)

Cheryl Bates-Harris
Senior Disability Advocacy Specialist, National Disability Rights Network, on behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Employment and Training Task Force
Testimony (Truth in Testimony)

John Kregel
Professor, Special Education and Disability Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia


Chairman Johnson’s Opening Statement