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As a matter of background, the Social Security Administration (SSA) employs 62,000 federal and 16,000 state workers across the United States and its territories. SSA is hoping to improve service through several measures. It is hoping to expand its customer service model through its website by allowing appeal of non-disability matters over the Internet. As […]

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is facing problems from many sides. As 10,000 persons in the U.S. turn 65 each day, SSA is meeting the challenge by reducing access and services. It has closed 125 field offices since 2000. Recent Inspector General reports have criticized high claim processing times, below average staffing levels, low morale, […]

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The 2017 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds set forth the following findings through the end of 2016: The Fund was providing benefits to 11million disabled workers and dependents Total expenditures were $922B while income was $957B “Asset Reserves” in the […]

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has reported concerning the funding status for its programs for fiscal year 2015. The good news is that the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year. Once depleted, persons receiving benefits will have their […]

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The May, 2016 report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Social Security Administration (SSA) addressed the Disability Case Processing System (DCPS) being developed by SSA to perform its work. Since 2008 when SSA decided to proceed with the DCPS system, it has invested over $300M into the project and has endured many […]

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If you lose a Social Security hearing, you should not give up hope. This is confirmed by the Office of the Inspector General Report from April, 2016 studying case denials from 2011. A survey of cases from that year revealed that nearly 30% of cases were paid on appeal with nearly another 30% of cases […]

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The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued its Audit Report dated November, 2015, entitled “Social Security Administration Employees with Conduct Issues Who Received Monetary Awards.” At first glance, all I could think was: “Huh?” So, I just had to read it to believe it. As it turns out, SSA […]

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The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued for the period of April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015 report in which it made the following statements: There have been $374M in questioned costs during this period Updated its estimate that SSA has made $16.8B in overpayments and had only […]

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For those individuals who were fortunate to save enough money so as to no need Social Security Retirement benefits immediately upon reaching age 62, the rules for maximizing your benefits have changed.  There were two strategies routinely utilized for this purpose which have been eliminated by Congress so as to conserve funds in the Social […]

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The disability insurers tend to follow certain denial patterns which reflect their own self interest in not paying benefits. The timing of the disability denial may have definite and serious ramifications. The first set of claim denials occur at a time just prior to the transition from Short Term Disability to Long Term Disability. For […]

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