DENVER (March 14, 2016) – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that the Colorado Disability Determination Services Division has been named a recipient of the prestigious Phoenix Award for overcoming significant obstacles in improving and streamlining
performances and processes.
The national award reflects DDS Division’s progress in 2015 dropping the number of pending cases, improving overall processing time, sustaining a high accuracy rate, and implementing best practices to achieve overarching goals.
"We have developed efficient systems which made this award possible, during our ongoing experience with C-STAT and LEAN initiatives through the Colorado Department of Human Services,” Vicki Johnson, DDS Division Director, said. “And our staff’s dedication and
commitment to solutions is only underscored by this award recognition.
“While we may have challenges ahead, we will continue to use relevant data to streamline our business processes,” she added.
DDS is a state agency, located within CDHS, that makes the disability decisions for the SSA.
When SSA added protection for the disabled in 1954, Congress wrote into the law that the disability decision had to be made by a state agency and not by a federal office. Social Security pays the state to run the office and make the disability decision.
The mission of the DDS Division is to make accurate and timely disability decisions for the residents of Colorado in a courteous, cost-conscious manner following Social Security disability rules and regulations.
"I am extremely proud of the DDS team for achieving the national Phoenix Award from the Social Security Administration,” Mark Wester, Director of the Office of Community Access and Independence, said. “The most important part is the impact each of our staff members have on the lives of the people of Colorado.”