Years of Social Security Administration (SSA) funding cuts have hampered the agency’s ability to serve the American people, but President Trump and Congress can begin to address the problem when they turn to funding the government for the rest of fiscal year 2017 and for 2018. Motion Pictures (19 reels): Public information films describing procedures for obtaining benefits, 1936-40 (12 reels), including Social Security Explained, 1936; Social Security Benefits, 1940; Your Job Insurance, 1937; The Workers’ Old Age and Survivors Insurance, 1936; Security for the People, 1939; and Old-Age and Family Security, 1936.
However, it is a sign that to some extent the message is getting across to the White House that these is no way to make even modest cuts in Social Security’s operating budget without causing dramatic and very visible problems in the agency’s service delivery.
In working with GSA General Services Administration, which has jurisdiction over federal buildings, SSA Social Security Administration staff and reviewing historical files, I had discovered that SSA has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in poorly developed and in many cases, unneeded projects.
It may be that the grand plans were developed because Republicans in Congress demanded that they be created or because they made it clear that any improvement in service at Social Security could only come from productivity improvement since the agency was not going to get more money, no matter how badly service suffered.
The bureaus under the former Office of Program Operations were redesignated offices: Bureau of Disability Insurance became Office of Disability Programs, Bureau of Supplemental Security Income became Office of Assistance Programs, and Bureau of Retirement and Survivors Insurance became Office of Insurance Programs.