November 15, 2001
Mr. Larry G.
Dear Mr. Massanari:
On August 21, 2001, the Social Security Administration (SSA) submitted a final regulation entitled "Rules Implementing the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program." The program provides disabled beneficiaries with expanded options for access to employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, and other support services. Under the provisions of this rule, SSA will pay the providers of these services after beneficiaries achieve certain levels of work. In conducting its review of the rule, OMB has raised questions regarding the payment system established in the rule, its administrative complexity, and readability. We believe that a number of issues require additional clarification, including:
We look forward to receiving SSA's response to the questions originally raised in our October 5, 2001 e-mail memo so that we can work together to resolve these complex issues. Since the revisions necessary to address these concerns are likely to take a substantial amount of time, I am returning this rule to the agency for your reconsideration. My staff is available for further discussion. We look forward to working with you to improve these important rulemaking efforts.