The project process begins when the team receives the data to begin producing the SSBP and ends when the BSHOP Program Manager approves the publication.
A Cause & Effect (C&E) Diagram, shown in Figure 2, and Matrix helped the team organize ideas and determine which critical factor(s) were increasing the number of hours required to produce the SSBP. Using the nominal group technique, the team identified and prioritized 3 root causes that had the most effect on publication production hours.
The goal of the pilot was to demonstrate that changes in the critical factor identified as most influential would reduce the number of hours in the process while simultaneously maintaining the quality and integrity of the SSBP. Team members also developed potential solutions to other prioritized causes by brainstorming ideas, then evaluated those solutions using agreed-upon criteria.
This indicated that the process was not capable of consistently producing the SSBP within the determined specification limits (308 hours).
For the pilot, SAS and Structured Query Language labor hours for the 1st Quarter 2012 Surveillance of Suicidal Behavior Update and the 2012 Semiannual SSBP were used as the "before" period, while SAS and Structured Query Language labor hours for the 3rd Quarter 2012 Update and the 2012 Annual SSBP were used as the "after" period.
Chief among these is the Technical Notes, which describe, in detail, epidemiologic methodologies (data sources, variables, coding decisions) used for SSBP production.
The LSS team exceeded the project goal and significantly reduced the SSBP production hours by 42% (199 hours).
Obviously, SSBP coverage increases total monthly premium costs, all of which are factored into one monthly premium payment.
Age 40 Basic SBP 6.5% 5% SSBP 7.42% 10% SSBP 8.34% 15% SSBP 9.26% 20% SSBP 10.18% Contact your local PVA national service officer (NSO) if you are interested in SBP coverage or currently participate and have questions.
For example, if DFAS receives an election on the 10th day of June, SSBP is effective July 1, and the premium deduction should be reflected in the July retired pay received in August.
By law, if any person making an election (standard SBP or SSBP) under open enrollment dies before the end of the two-year period beginning on the effective date of that election, the election is void.
This is your opportunity to make SBP and SSBP an important part of your estate plan by preserving a portion of your retired pay for your survivors.