Cost Savings of Work Incentive Programs Questioned

Empire Justice Center January 28, 2019

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has several programs designed to give disability beneficiaries an incentive to work and reduce reliance on benefits.  These programs include the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency (TTW), Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS), and the Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND) project.  They were recently audited by SSA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) to determine cost versus savings and the number of beneficiaries who have used the incentives. Audit Report A-04-18-50600.


The OIG found that SSA has spent about $3 billion administering these programs, but only a small percentage of disabled individuals returned to work as a result.  It recommended SSA evaluate the viability and cost-effectiveness of the return-to-work programs and advise Congress whether the results warrant continued expenditures.