I came at 3pm (they close at 4pm) on a weekday, and only waited for 10 minutes. During this review, SSA Social Security Administration officials told us that limited resources and competing workloads may have constrained the agency’s ability to act promptly when it received earnings alerts or self-reported earnings for beneficiaries from our nongeneralizable examples described above.
I haven’t heard of any member on the Hill sort of championing disability insurance reform,” said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies for the Cato Institute, during a briefing Tuesday on the rising costs of Social Security disability, which will total over $200 billion this year.
My impression is that Congressional Republicans would like to hold hearings about poor service at Social Security, much like the hearings on service at the Department of Veterans Affairs, but again they have concern that the blame will be placed on them.
It would be much easier to demand Administrative accountability in the first place, save millions of taxpayers dollars, then waste such a hideous amount of time figuring out how to save the meager amounts of money we are talking about in the small number of cases where there may be a short overlap of benefits.
My name is Kathy Meinhardt and I am here today representing the nearly 800 managers in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in my role as Principle Executive Officer for the Federal Managers Association Chapter 275.