Recommendation 5-3: The committee recommends that the Social Security Administration establish a continuing, external technical committee of experts for the planning and implementation of the recommended disability monitoring system.

One model for such a committee is the working group established under the auspices of the Section on Survey Research Methods of the American Statistical Association, which currently advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the BRFSS and the Census on the Survey of Income and Program Participation. This arrangement has been an effective vehicle for the CDC and Census; it could serve as a model for SSA to consider in carrying out the above recommendations.

In conclusion, the committee emphasizes that developing and implementing a work disability monitoring system as recommended in this chapter will contribute toward a significantly improved and efficient system of measuring and monitoring work disability and effective fiscal management of the programs.

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