BOND Implementation and Evaluation: 2017 Stage 2 Interim Process, Participation, and Impact Report

BOND Implementation and Evaluation: 2017 Stage 2 Interim Process, Participation, and Impact Report

Published: Jan 24, 2018
Publisher: Washington, DC: Social Security Administration, Office of Research, Demonstrations, and Employment Support
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Associated Project

Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) Implementation and Evaluation

Time frame: 2009-2021

Prepared for:

Social Security Administration

Authors

Judy Geyer

Daniel Gubits

Stephen Bell

Tyler Morrill

Katie Morrison

David Judkins

David Stapleton

As part of the Ticket to Work (TTW) and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, Congress directed the Social Security Administration (SSA) to test alternative Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) work rules designed to increase the incentive for SSDI beneficiaries to work and reduce their reliance on benefits. In response, SSA has undertaken the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND), a random assignment test of alternative SSDI program rules governing work and other supports. BOND tests a $1 for $2 benefit offset applied to annual earnings above the BOND Yearly Amount (BYA)—the annual equivalent of SSDI’s substantial gainful activity amount. As a result, beneficiaries in the treatment group are able to retain some of their monthly cash benefits while earning more than BYA.

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