Congressional Response Report: The Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium

Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013
Report Number: 
A-01-13-23051
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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Our objective was to answer specific questions from the Subcommittee on Social Security regarding the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Research Consortium (DRC) grants.  The DRC is designed to establish a disability research program that meets SSA’s growing need for research-based information on matters related to program and public policy. The DRC comprises the Mathematica Policy Research’s (MPR) Center for Studying Disability Policy and the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) Disability Research Center. On July 30, 2012, SSA awarded these Centers 5-year cooperative agreements. On September 4, 2012, we received a request from the Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, to answer specific questions regarding the DRC grants.