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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.…Read More
The U.S. Social Security Administration announced last week that it will now require a cell phone number from all Americans who wish to manage their retirement benefits at Unfortunately, the new security measure does little to prevent identity thieves from fraudulently creating online accounts to siphon benefits from Americans who haven’t yet created accounts for themselves. This study uses SSA Social Security Administration administrative data linked with National Health Interview Survey data (NHIS) to examine health status, labor force participation at time of NHIS interview, and linked mortality data to examine mortality during the period following NHIS interview.
The Social Security Administration also may ask the individual to provide certain documents to show that they are eligible and to assist in the decision of how much the benefits should be. If an individual is considering having direct deposit they must also bring their bank information in order for the process to be started.
The Social Security Administration paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent years to a handful of employees who were placed on administrative leave for more than half a year while officials considered misconduct accusations against them or their involvement in illegal acts.
The consumer price index that is used to determine the cost-of-living adjustment senior citizens will receive from Social Security in 2009 was released today and the change for August 2008 over August 2009 is still looking like the COLA will be an increase in the range of 6 percent, the largest since 1982.
The actual amount of time it takes to process your claim will depend upon the state in which you live, the nature or your disability, how quickly Social Security receives medical evidence from your doctor or other medical source, and whether you need to go for a medical examination.…Read More