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Conferences & Events

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative Unveils Project's Recommendations

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 
Capitol Room (Lobby Level) 
400 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001


8:30 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:10 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:10 am - 9:45 am Remarks by Former Congressmen and Initiative Co-Chairs Jim McCrery & Earl Pomeroy
9:45 am - 10:10 am

Keynote Presentation
Henry Aaron: Chairman, Social Security Advisory Board

10:10 am - 11:00 am Panel Discussion
Moderator: Paul Krawzak, CQ Roll Call
Romina Boccia: Deputy Director and Grover M. Hermann Research Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, The Heritage Foundation
Marc Goldwein: Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Kathleen Romig: Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Art Spencer: Retired Associate Commissioner, Social Security Administration
Jennifer Dexter: Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, Easter Seals


McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Conference

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
8:45 am – 5:00 pm

District Architecture Center
421 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Next year the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) trust fund will deplete its reserves, prompting a discussion in Washington about how to improve the program. The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative seeks to provide policymakers with a menu of innovative ideas to improve the SSDI program and other services for people with disabilities.

The SSDI Solutions Conference featured presentations of numerous policy proposals selected by the McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative and brought together experts, advocates, policymakers and interested stakeholders for an engaged dialogue about how SSDI and other programs can better serve those with disabilities, taxpayers and society as a whole.

Conference Program


Conference Agenda 

Presentation Slides Available in PDF next to their respective paper when applicable


8:00 am - 8:45 am Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks by Congressmen McCrery and Pomeroy
9:00 am - 9:15 am Remarks by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
9:15 am - 10:30 am Panel One: Early Intervention and Work Support
Discussant: Lisa Ekman, Ekman Advocates for Progress, LLC

Papers discussed:
Ben-Shalom, Mann, and Stapleton – Integrated employment support and eligibility determination system (Presentation)
Christian, Burton, and Wickizer – Expanding community-focused work and health services (Presentation)
Kerksick, Riemer, and Williams – Using transitional jobs and tax incentives to encourage employment (Presentation)
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Panel Two: Structural Reforms

Discussant: Art Spencer, Former Associate Commissioner for Disability Programs, Social Security Administration (Presentation)

Papers discussed:
Hildred, Mazerski, Krent, and Christian – Transitional benefits for a small subset of SSDI beneficiaries with disabilities likely to experience medical improvement (Presentation)
Fichtner and Seligman – A system for partial disability benefits (Presentation)
Jacobson, Butz, Aaron, and Aghabi – Exploring alternative definitions of disability (Presentation)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and Remarks by Bob Greenstein, President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Panel Three: Determination and Adjudication Reform
Discussant: Margaret Malone, Former Staff Director, Social Security Advisory Board

Papers discussed:
Collins, Constantin, Porcino, and Zhou – Reducing CDR backlogs (Presentation)
Dubin – Streamlining the determination process (Presentation)
Engel, Glendening, and Wolfe – Exploring changes to the SSDI adjudication process (Presentation)

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Panel Four: Interaction with other programs
Discussant: David Wittenburg, Director of Health Research, Mathematica Policy Research

Papers discussed:
Babbel and Meyer – Encouraging enrollment in private disability insurance (Presentation)
Burton and Guo – Improving the interaction between SSDI and Workers’ Compensation programs (Presentation)
Perriello – Improving health coverage for workers with disabilities

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Panel Discussion
Moderator: Paul Krawzak, CQ Roll Call

Jim McCrery
Earl Pomeroy
Mark Warshawsky, Former Member, Social Security Advisory Board
Alan Cohen, Member, Social Security Advisory Board

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Closing reception