Responsibly Confronting Social Security Disability's Financing Crisis

May 12, 2015
Rayburn House Office Building B-340

Event Speakers

Jason J. Fichtner

Former Senior Research Fellow

Charles Blahous

J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair

Mark J. Warshawsky

Former Senior Research Fellow

Event Video

The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund’s projected 2016 depletion will require Congress to act soon to prevent large, sudden benefit cuts.

Experts on both sides of the aisle have noted that a “quick fix” of simply shifting payroll taxes from Social Security’s much larger retirement trust fund (OASI) into DI, without further reform, could cost Congress its last chance to solve Social Security’s broader financing problems before it is too late. What more responsible reform options are available?

Please join the Mercatus Center and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget for a discussion of how best to respond to SSDI’s financing crisis.

This event will feature panel discussions that focus on: the evolution of the disability fund's financing problem, the effects of current SSDI policy on labor force participation, and promising approaches to reform. More details to come!

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andrew G. Biggs, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Charles P. Blahous, Director of Spending and Budget Initiative and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
  • Jason J. Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center
  • Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration
  • Ed Lorenzen, Senior Advisor, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • David Stapleton, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Studying Disability Policy, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Mark J. Warshawsky, Visiting Scholar, Mercatus Center

This event has been planned in accordance with the widely-attended event exception to congressional gift rules and government ethics memoranda. There is no cost to participate and lunch will be provided. Due to space constraints, this program is not open to interns.

Questions? Please contact Bethany Stalter at or (703) 993-4889.