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2021 Disability Earnings Survey

Retirement Services, Retirement Surveys and Students (RSS) officially began its 2021 Disability Earnings Survey (DES) in Services Online as of February 15, 2022. RSS is surveying a population of 50,784 disability annuitants under age 60. RSS will analyze the annuitant’s responses to determine if they are eligible to continue receiving retirement benefits. We will also verify if they have earned over the 80% earnings limit during any employment in the 2021 tax year after they began receiving benefits. When this limit is met or exceeded, the annuitant is considered restored to earnings capacity and his or her benefits will cease as of June 30, 2022.

All disability annuitants under age 60 (excluding appointed representative payees, guardians, conservators, and organizational payees) were sent notifications via mail or email. The notifications announced the opening of the survey through Services Online along with further instructions on how to complete the survey:

  • On Saturday, January 15, 2022, all members of the survey population who did not have an appointed representative payee, guardian, or conservator, and who did not have an active Services Online account were sent notification by mail.
  • Email notification was sent Monday, January 24, 2022, to all members of the survey population that had an active Services Online Account.

Both notifications provided additional Services Online survey completion instructions. The 2021 DES is available within Services Online on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Annuitants will have the opportunity to submit their reported earnings through Services Online from February 15, 2022, through June 30, 2022. We ask that all annuitants complete the survey, regardless of whether they had earned income in 2021.

All disability annuitants who have appointed representative payees, organizational payees, or court appointed guardians or conservators will be mailed a paper survey no later than March 1, 2022.

Annuitants are encouraged to call the Retirement Information Office at 1-888-767-6738 (Mon – Fri, 7:40 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET) for any inquiries regarding the 2021 Disability Earnings Survey.

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