When it comes to disability benefits, the Social Security Administration is very particular about whose claims they accept and deny. The existence of this love-hate affair or relationship betwix the SSA and COBOL enthusiasts has probably surpassed its hay-day… Time has proven, more often than not, our ability to reluctantly change what we like – to the inevitability of obsolescence.
The pesky problem with this is that everyone who has looked at eliminating the Appeals Council, including Barnhart, knows that simply eliminating the Appeals Council will increase the number of Social Security civil actions in the federal courts to unacceptable levels.
As Chair of the Social Security Subcommittee, I am extremely troubled by the enormous freedom this ALJ had in assigning himself cases – and then rubberstamping approval for nearly all of them with no accountability or oversight,” said Sam Johnson (R-TX).
I have bolded what I regard as the most important riders, that is provisions in appropriations bills or at least in committee reports that affect not how much money the agency has to spend but try to affect what the Social Security Administration does with that money.
An anonymous post on the CONNECT board reports that Linda McMahon, Social Security’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations has the job, although this conflicts with the previously established hierarchy which would have given Larry W. Dye, the Commissioner’s Chief of Staff, the job.