Provides a succinct, comprehensive, and detailed explanation of the federal old-age, survivor's and disability insurance programs under the Social Security Act.The book explains who is covered by the Social Security system, liability for the tax, how a worker acquires "insured status" required for benefit eligibility and the conditions of entitlement to the various kinds of Social Security benefits.
The Social Security Administration has announced that its committee to revise the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel, will hold a teleconference on July 5, 2012, from approximately 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT). The meeting is open to the public. The call-in number is (877) 852-6575. Because the SSA has not extended the panel’s charter beyond its expiration on July 6, this will be the panel’s final meeting. According to a message from the panel’s chair, Mary Barros-Bailey, Ph.D., “the Social Security Administration (SSA) decided that because of fiscal issues associated with the current Federal financial crisis, they would not extend the OIDAP charter . . . .”
The panel provides independent advice and recommendations to the SSA regarding the creation of an occupational information system for use in its disability programs and for its adjudicative needs.
The tentative agenda for this final meeting includes: individual and organizational public comment, panel discussion and deliberation, and an administrative business meeting. The full agenda will be available on the Internet at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/oidap/meeting_information.htm one week prior to the meeting.
Arising out of the panel’s recent June 4, 2012, teleconference meeting, is Recommendation #9, for which the panel is requesting public comment. To be considered, comments must be submitted to one of the addresses listed in the notice by June 29, 2012. The recommendation advises the SSA to continue bringing transparency to the process of developing occupational information that will affect decision-making in the disability programs. Specifically, the panel advises that the agency should:
The panel also expressed the need to develop a vocational database that is scientifically based, as well as developed by a trained staff using psychometrically sound scales and a carefully designed sampling strategy that represents all jobs in the national economy. It also urged that gathered data be scientifically tested and periodically updated. The panel noted that:
Failure to fully ensure the scientific veracity of the occupational taxonomy, data collection instrument, sampling strategy, and sources of data or data collection methods, will make SSA vulnerable to legitimate litigation.
The full text of the SSA's notice of the upcoming meeting was published in the June 20, 2012, issue of the Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 37089).