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SSA Posts Two Vacancies: Chief Research and Data Officer; Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation, and Statistics
Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation and Statistics
Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics
The Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation and Statistics in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of Retirement and Disability Policy has responsibility for the broad research, evaluation, and statistical programs of SSA, including the study of problems of poverty and insecurity, the examination of expected or projected outcomes from current or modified program rules, and the evaluation of proposed solutions to such problems by social insurance and related programs.
This office has locations in Woodlawn, MD and Washington DC. Duty location will be determined based on the selectee for the position; however, regular travel between the two offices is expected.
On May 22nd, SEA held the first of its Quarterly Leadership Dialogues for aspiring senior leaders. As part of a new initiative to provide career development assistance to Participant Members and others in the leadership pipeline, SEA has partnered with Young Government Leaders (YGL) and Treasury Executive Institute (TEI) to hold a series of informal discussions each quarter.
The career Senior Executive Service (SES) was the keystone – the linchpin – of the civil service system codified by Congress in 1978. It’s no wonder that senior executives and SEA are helping lead the debate 40 years later on the need to modernize the system.
As has been discussed many times previously in this column, the status quo is not hunky dory and as federal sector leaders we have an obligation to contribute to as meaningful and thoughtful of a debate about solutions for complex and wonky issues – like modernizing federal personnel management – as we can.
Since becoming SEA President in 2016, I’ve met with hundreds of aspiring leaders and discussed with them ways they could prepare themselves for a senior leadership position in the Federal government.
Early on, I began asking the question: “Why are merit principles important for leaders?”
With increased longevity and medical advancements, many retirees are concerned about the possibility of outliving their savings. And when it comes to retirement, you want to enjoy it―and that means you want to be prepared. There are many considerations to think about in retirement besides your living expenses, such as where you live, family support, your health, and the rising costs of care. That’s why it’s so important to plan now for any long term care you may need.
As this new year begins, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past as far too many of you still think you are immune to allegations of wrongdoing, regardless of how many times we reinforce the need to have professional liability insurance. Unfortunately, ignorance is expensive.