Identification Number:
EM-16037
Intended Audience:All RCs/ARCs/ADs/FOs/TSCs/PSCs/OCO/
OCO-CSTs/CO/ODAR
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.
 
Retention Date: April 18, 2018

A. Background
    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.

    Currently, through a contract supporting TTW, the TPM staff:

    · receives proof of earnings from Employment Networks (EN) to process EN
    payments, and
    · enters beneficiary wages into the alleged earnings screen in SSA’s Internet Ticket
    Operations Provider Support System (iTOPSS).

      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.
    B. Policy for Proof of Concept
        The POC will allow TPM payment staff to initiate or update a work report in eWork that will record all paystub or earnings data. Current policy provides that these paystubs or employer prepared wage summaries constitute documentation of verified earnings. To reduce duplicate actions and potential overpayments, the POC will allow TPM staff access to eWork to initiate or update a work report using the verified earnings, and import the verified earnings into the Non-disability Repository for Evidentiary Documents (NDRED) for adjudicative action.

        ORDP will test this POC with TPM staff for 180 days.



      C. Instructions for Wage Reporting Proof of Concept

        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 organiza