If you read many of the articles I write, you’ve probably noticed that I put a lot of emphasis on understanding the basics. The agency sorely needs to change its COBOL-based IT infrastructure to newer technologies. I keep trying to wade through Social Security’s Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM) on the representation of claimants. Some of these individuals have never worked outside the home or paid Social Security tax.
P.S. The United States was actually very close to genuine Social Security reform during the Bill Clinton presidency. While a Claimant’s description of the impact on daily activities, social functioning and concentration must be considered by SSA, the content of the medical documentation is the most important source of evidence in deciding the claim.
There may have been questions about the reported conflict between him and the Commissioner of Social Security but there was nothing in his written statement about this. A second reform, bolder and more controversial, would means-test Social Security, gradually slowing the growth of benefits for the more affluent but sparing those with lower incomes.
When retirees take jobs abroad, e.g. in Guam, Saipan, Hawaii or the mainland, a question arises as to whether the earning test should be applied even if the retirees are no longer paying into the FSMSSA system. Social Security Intelligence is not connected with, affiliated with or endorsed by the United States government or the Social Security Administration.
This sort of thing can’t be good for day to day working relationships between Committee members, their staffs and Social Security officials. Emma was the top baby name for girls for the third year in a row, and Noah remained the top baby name for boys for the fourth year in a row.