Summit Wins SSA Short-Term Research and Evaluation Services BPA

September 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – Summit Consulting (Summit) is proud to announce our latest win: a five-year Social Security Administration (SSA) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to conduct short-term research and evaluation studies on behalf of SSA’s Office of Retirement and Disability Policy (ORDP). 

The Deputy Commissioner, Retirement and Disability Policy (RDP) is the principal advisor to the Commissioner of Social Security on major policy issues and is responsible for all major activities in the areas of strategic and program policy planning, policy research and evaluation, statistical programs, and overall policy development, analysis and implementation.

This win—Summit’s first with SSAallows us to bring our research and analytical skills to support SSA’s social science, medical, and vocational research requirements.  Through this BPA, we will provide SSA “with the necessary expertise to produce high quality, credible, independent, and objective assessments of policy options facing the agency.” We will bring our analytical expertise to SSA by:

  • Developing and conducting effective research to support policy decisions
  • Providing broad subject matter expertise and
  • Evaluating the validity and reliability of research

We bring together the social science, medical, and vocational research expertise of multiple research partners. Beyond Summit’s Health and Employment team, we are proud to pursue this work with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Commonwealth Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, Insight Policy Research, the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability and several renowned  medical and vocational rehabilitation experts.

Summit’s Health and Employment Director, Dr. Oswaldo Urdapilleta, says about our win, “Summit has a flexible and solid approach to research that fits the short-term research needs of the Social Security Administration. I look forward to us becoming a trusted government advisor to SSA.” Manager Heather Brotsos adds “This is an exciting opportunity to apply our robust analytical and research skill set to new policy questions and program analyses within SSA.“

Summit joins four seasoned research and evaluation organizations Abt Associates, Acumen, and Battelle, as the SSA Short-Term Research and Evaluation Studies BPA awardees.

About Summit
Summit is a specialized analytics advisory firm that guides federal agencies, financial institutions, and litigators as they strive to understand their most complex analytical challenges. Summit’s staff of economists, econometricians, and research scientists use quantitative techniques to assist our clients as they model risk, evaluate program performance, and predict future performance.
At Summit, we solve complex analytical challenges with unparalleled customer service and extensive client collaboration. Our capabilities include program evaluation, applied statistics and economics, mortgage finance, health claims data analytics and training, federal credit modeling and forecasting, and litigation analytics.

Summit’s solutions-focused academic environment is dedicated to staying at—and pushing—the forefront of analytics best practices. To that end, our staff members present research at conferences and partake in intensive in-house technical trainings. Our partners, academics, and research scientists are recognized experts in their respective fields and lead large and small solutions teams. Find out more about Summit by visiting the company’s website: