The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a U.S. government agency created in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the SSA administers the social insurance programs in the United States. Interestingly, although Social Security’s website shows the Commissioner’s job as vacant, it shows Martin Gerry still as Deputy Commissioner for Disability and Income Security Programs, even though Gerry was brought in by Barnhart and seemed to be her right hand man.
Social Security’s Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel has scheduled a meeting for February 8 and 9 in Atlanta Martin Gerry is scheduled to speak, so he must definitely still be at Social Security, although his future may be in a bit of doubt after yesterday’s confirmation hearing testimony by Mike Astrue who strongly downplayed the Disability Service Improvement plan that has been Gerry’s baby for the past five years.
The Republican view of this episode – and I remember this at the time, from my GOP staffer housemate – was that the whole idea that Republicans shut down the government was a big lie concocted by the Clinton administration and abetted by the liberal media.
Richard Warsinskey, president of the National Council of Social Security Management Associations, said that agency budget officials estimate that for every $20 million the agency loses from the House’s 2007 budget proposal, offices would shut down for one day.
SSA’s coverage under the Social Security Acts originally extended to nearly all workers in the continental U.S. and the territories of Alaska , Hawaii , Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands below the age of 65. All workers in interstate commerce and industry were required to enter the program, except railroad, state and local government workers.