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

Publisher: Washington, DC: Social Security Administration, Office of Research, Demonstrations, and Employment Support
Jan 24, 2018
Authors
Judy Geyer, Daniel Gubits, Stephen Bell, Tyler Morrill, Denise Hoffman, Sarah Croake, Katie Morrison, David Judkins, and 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.