The Social Security Administration (SSA) is seeking input on evidence-building activities to inform SSA priorities – including priorities of the Biden administration – as well as input on future projects to advance SSA’s mission.

According to a request for information (RFI), SSA is seeking public input to identify priority questions to guide evidence-building activities. Those activities stem from the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 and Executive Branch guidance requiring Federal agencies to develop an evidence-building plan, or Learning Agenda.

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This Learning Agenda will allow SSA to use data to address key questions the agency wants answered to improve operational and programmatic outcomes, and establish strategies to develop evidence to answer important short- and long-term strategic operational questions.

“We invite suggestions in various forms— as key questions to be answered, hypotheses to be tested, or problems to be investigated— that are focused on any area of our mission, including service delivery, operations, programs, policies, regulations, communication, and stewardship,” said SSA in the RFI. “The responses to this RFI that interested persons submit to us will inform our ongoing development of a set of priorities that will guide evidence-building activities. We will analyze information collected from this RFI to inform the development of our Learning Agenda.”

Conducting these evidence-based activities also aligns with the agency’s FY 2018-2022 Agency Strategic Plan, “which includes modernizing the Social Security Statement to increase the public’s understanding of our programs as a strategy,” SSA said.

Responses to the RFI will be due in 30 days of the RFI’s posting, or May 20.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.