The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a new competitive Request for Application (RFA) for the Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) Program with an emphasis on work incentives, return to work supports and jobs for beneficiaries. This emphasis also includes changing the BPAO program name (effective September 30, 2006) to the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program. Benefits Specialists under the new WIPA Program will be referred to as Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs). The RFA will be a nationwide, competitive solicitation, covering the District of Columbia, the 50 States, and all U.S. Territories. SSA intends to award new cooperative agreements under this RFA to implement an improved program effective September 30, 2006. ENs are eligible to become WIPA organizations under the WIPA Program. To obtain more detailed information regarding the Request for Applications, Pre-application Seminars and how WIPA applicant’s will work with the Program Manager for Recruitment and Outreach (PMRO), please view the information and use the links provided below and visit WIPA RFA This nationwide announcement is to request applications for awards, which will begin on September 30, 2006, to provide work incentives planning, assistance, and outreach services to all SSA beneficiaries with disabilities seeking employment. For additional information about the Request for Applications, visit Pre Application Seminars SSA will conduct pre-application seminars to provide interested WIPA applicants with guidance and technical assistance in preparing their applications. Visit the Pre Application Seminars page for additional information about when and where the seminars will be held. During late-May and June 2006, Social Security is conducting pre-application seminars for the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program to provide interested communitybased organizations guidance and technical assistance as they prepare to submit their applications. The seminars will be held in the following cities: Sacramento, California; Mobile, Alabama; Helena, Montana; Boise, Idaho; Austin, Texas; Lansing, Michigan; Hartford, Connecticut; Richmond, Virginia; Albany, New York; and Des Moines, Iowa. Government facilities may require picture identification or other form of personal identification to enter the building. The following is the seminar schedule, updated regularly as information becomes available. Seminars will be approximately 3 hours duration: Date May 22 City, State Sacramento, Event Location State of California Address 722 Capitol Mall Time 1:00 PM

California May 24 Mobile, Alabama

Employment Development Department The University of South Alabama Humanity Bldg. Room 170 State of Montana Department of Livestock Scott Hart Building

Sacramento, CA 95814 307 University Blvd. Mobile, Alabama 1:30 PM 36688 302 N. Roberts Street 1:30 PM Helena, MT 59601

May 24 May 26 May 26

Helena, Montana Boise, Idaho Austin, Texas

Bureau of Land Management 1249 S. Vinnell Way 10:30 AM Sagebrush & Ponderosa Rooms Boise, ID 83709 Holiday Inn Northwest Plaza/Arboretum 8901 Business Park Drive Austin, TX 78759 111 North Grand Avenue Lansing, MI 48933 300 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 1:30 PM

May 30

Lansing, Michigan Radisson Hotel - Lansing Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Legislative Office Building Hearing Room D

1:30 PM

May 31 June 1

1:30 PM

Richmond, Virginia Richmond Marriott

500 East Broad St . 1:30 PM Richmond, VA 23219 10:00 AM

June 2

Albany and Lodge Crown Plaza Albany City Center Streets (No number Albany, New York Hotel address) Albany, NY 12207 Des Moines, Iowa Iowa Workforce Development Center Board Room- 3rd Floor 430 E. Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309

June 2

1:30 PM