The Social Security Administration's (SSA's) Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) is testing an innovation that allows Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries to earn more while keeping part of their disability benefits. The earnings rules being tested replaced the "benefit cliff"—the complete loss of benefits when earnings exceed a maximum amount for a sufficient period—with a "benefit ramp" that reduces benefits by $1 for every $2 of earnings over the limit. Beneficiary enrollment in BOND began in 2011, and the demonstration will continue into 2017. A team from Abt and Mathematica is conducting the evaluation.
The Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) will host an in-person forum and online webcast on Thursday, February 26, from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET) at Mathematica's Washington, DC, office or by webinar. Lunch will be provided.
The speakers will provide background on the demonstration; describe its structure and summarize the plan for the evaluation; present findings from the first two years' process and impact analyses; and discuss potential policy and research implications of the midstream results.
The speakers will include:
- Howard Rolston, Abt Associates, principal investigator for BOND
- Stephen Bell, Abt Associates, co-leader of the BOND evaluation
- David Stapleton, Mathematica, co-leader of the BOND evaluation
- David Weaver, SSA, Associate Commissioner for the Office of Research, Demonstration and Employment Support
Please note: In-person check-in and lunch begin at 11:45 a.m., and the program begins at 12:00 p.m. All in-person guests must sign in and present a photo ID.