Social Security Disability Ticket to Work Program
Someone made a comment in a recent post on this blog regarding the ticket to work program. Coincidentally, ticket to work had been on my mind for three separate reasons. The first was a conversation I had with a field office claims rep. When I asked what impact the program had had on his office and what the level of involvement there was regarding it, his answers were "almost none" and "negligible".
Fast forward to two days when I found an article published in the Bladen Journal which cited an employee of the social security administration who said of 10 million tickets issued across the country, only 171 had been activated. These numbers stuck in my mind because I found them, though not surprising, somewhat amazing. Also, the social security administration employee who provided the information to the interviewer was named...Tim Moore (I'm not the only Tim Moore out there, of course, but it seemed unusual to read my name in an article about social security disability when it isn't me).
However, the third reason ticket to work was on my mind was a recent blog post I had read on Attorney Charles Hall's blog (Social Security News). Hall stated "Cannot GAO (general accounting office) see the enormous failure of Ticket to Work?"
Enormous failure. Definitely. The funny thing is, I have come across blogs authored by individuals who hail Ticket to work as something wonderful. These bloggers, of course, are concerned with disability issues but know absolutely nothing about social security disability criteria and SSI disability criteria. And this fact highlights something that completely irritates me: the fact that so many online newspapers and issues-oriented bloggers so eagerly swallow every press release that's put out by the social security administration and then...blindly regurgitate this pablum for their readership. It makes me ill because it amounts to disinformation and its not helpful. Granted, there's no malicious intent. But, hey, just because the social security administration issues a press release doesn't make it so.
On this point, I can clearly remember the "blogger" and "press" reactions to the SSA announcements regarding DSI, the disability service improvement program. You read the same thing all over the place -- "Hurray, social security is reforming the disability process". Well, that program has now gone down in flames and is acknowledged to be a colossal waste of time and resources. I said as much from the very beginning. Having actually worked in the disability program, it was obvious to me from the get-go that this was bureaucratic nonsense constructed by a political appointee who really had no idea what she was talking about (the former SSA commissioner). However, so many jumped on the bandwagon of yet another failed initiative simply because they believed the official press about it.
It's a fundamental rule of life: be very dubious about what you hear and read, especially what you read on the internet.
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