Retention Date: March 16, 2021
|Intended Audience:||All RCs/ARCs/ADs/FOs/TSCs/PSCs/OCO/|
|Originating Office:||ORDP ORDES|
|Title:||Wage Reporting Proof of Concept - One-Time-Only Instructions|
|Type:||EM - Emergency Messages|
|Program:||Title II (RSI); Title XVI (SSI)|
|Link To Reference:||See References at the end of this EM.|
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is committed to strengthening the integrity of its Ticket to Work (TTW) Program by minimizing improper payments to Ticket Users due to earnings. To facilitate this goal, the Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Office of Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support developed a Wage Reporting Proof of Concept (POC) to reduce the risk of overpayments for Ticket users. The POC will expand the use of eWork to report beneficiary wages. The Ticket Program Manager (TPM) staff will provide the necessary documentation for Field Office (FO) staff to complete Work Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR) as needed.
B. Policy for Proof of Concept
C. Instructions for Wage Reporting Proof of Concept
Currently, through a contract supporting TTW, the TPM staff:
Once the TPM payment staff enters wages into iTOPSS, FO staff must investigate the beneficiary’s work, verify earnings, and initiate or update a work report in eWork. When TPM staff members make entries through iTOPSS, FO staff members do not receive an alert, thus creating the potential for overpayments.
· receives proof of earnings from Employment Networks (EN) to process EN
· enters beneficiary wages into the alleged earnings screen in SSA’s Internet Ticket
Operations Provider Support System (iTOPSS).
Direct all program–related and technical questions to your regional office (RO) support staff or PSC Operations Analysis (OA) staff. RO support staff or PSC OA staff may refer questions or problems to their Central Office contacts.
DI 10505.005 Determining and Verifying Gross Earnings from Employment
DI 13010.020 Work Reports and Receipts
DI 55030.001 Overview of Earnings Verification in Ticket Cases
DI 10505.003 Evaluating and Developing Earnings that Clearly are or are not Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
1. ENs Participating in the POC
All ENs will continue to scan the earnings data into the Document Management Architecture (DMA) as required for EN payment requests. ENs participating in the POC will fax the earnings data not associated with payment requests to TPM. SSA will launch the POC with 2 organizations, and gradually expand the launch to include participation from the attached list of participating ENs.
WR Participant List.xlsx
TPM staff will initiate or update a work report in eWork using the verified earnings sent by the participating EN.
TPM staff will scan or import all earnings data and wage amounts from the Internet Ticket Operations Provider Support System (iTOPSS) calculator into NDRED, or the Claims File Records Management System (CFRMS). If a Work Continuing Disability Review (CDR) is needed based on the verified earnings, FO staff will use this information to complete the CDR. In addition, TPM staff will enter the following statement in the eWork remarks section:
If the TPM staff cannot use the iTOPSS calculator or cannot import wage data into NDRED or CFRMS, they will place a note in the remarks section stating this information.
“This work report is from the Ticket Program Manager, and earnings (using paystubs/employer prepared wage report) are accepted as verified per DI 10505.005C.1.c. Verified wages have been scanned into NDRED or CFRMS.”
TPM staff members will print and mail the work report receipt to the beneficiary.
EM-16037 - Wage Reporting Proof of Concept - One-Time-Only Instructions - 10/25/2016