Message from the Panel
It is the Panel’s distinct honor to transmit to the Commissioner of SocialSecurity its Advice Report on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking(NPRM), published in the Federal Register on December 28, 2000, forthe Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. The Ticket to Work andWork Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-170)authorizes the Ticket program to expand the universe of serviceproviders available to beneficiaries with disabilities. Social Securitybeneficiaries who are seeking employment services, vocationalrehabilitation services, and other support services to assist them inobtaining, regaining, and maintaining gainful employment can use aticket and other work incentives to secure work. The recommendations in this report represent the Panel’s informeddeliberations after publication of a Preliminary Advice Report onFebruary 21, 2001, public meetings and regional meetings
expertinput from the field, briefings from Agency officials, and furtherresearch and analysis by the Panel. The Panel wishes to thank theAgency staff for their cooperation and support of the Panel’s effortsand to acknowledge the Agency for its progress on implementation.It is the Panel’s duty to advise and assist the Commissioner in thesuccessful implementation of the Ticket program so that individualswith disabilities nationwide can secure self-supporting employment. The Panel believes this report is an important step toward successfulimplementation.