Through a grant with Social Security and the Abt Associates, the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration (POD) is a 4.5-year demonstration program created to help Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries return to work. This demonstration ends June 30, 2021.
The demonstration is currently being conducted in the Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio areas.
Through the use of a benefit offset, Social Security is testing a different way to treat SSDI beneficiaries' work and earnings. This offset could help beneficiaries earn more and keep more of their benefits than currently possible. POD is testing whether eliminating some work incentives and replacing them with a gradual reduction of benefits (by $1 for every $2 of earnings), starting at a threshold less than Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), will lead to increase employment and earnings for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, and reduced reliance on SSDI benefits. This reduction will replace what some refer to as the “cash cliff” or the total loss of benefits if earnings exceed the specified amount.
If Congress determines that the POD findings are successful, they could change the current law to follow this $1 for each additional $2 earned process.