SSA Happenings

The Social Security Administration continues to be in the news.  The Ponder Media Group will make every effort to collect and display media pieces that report developments in SSA program activity; management and operational actions; budget and workload profiles; and, legislative and judicial activities. TPMG does not seek to confirm or refute the reported-upon articles on this page and will always identify reporting sources.

TPMG does on occasion refer to objective statistical data outlined in some articles, but when doing so will refer to the source document(s).  This initial effort reports the following relevant headlines:

 

  •  “Doctor Revolt Shakes Disability Program” (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (WSJ) – November21, 2011)
  • “Growing Case Backlog Leaves the Terminally Ill Waiting” (WSJ — December 28, 2011)
  • “Another Disability Judge Placed on Leave” (WSJ – May 14, 2012)
  • “Disability Payments Slow As Managers Chase Targets” (WSJ – September 30, 2011)
  • “The Future of Social Security: 12 Proposals you Should Know About” (You’ve Earned A Say- AARP – June 2012)
  • “Two Lawyers Strike Gold in the U.S. Disability System” (WSJ – December 23, 2011)
  • “Binder and Binder Draws Unwanted Attention from Congress” (Stanley Denham – December 23, 2011
  • “Later Retirement Hurts Poor” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution – November 19, 2010)
  • “Backlog Grows for Social Security Appeals” (USA Today – June 23, 2011)
  • “SSA Disability Cases Continue to Climb/Rise in Backlog as of September 2011” –(Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse [TRAC] at Syracuse University–November 3, 2011)
  •  “Government Falters in Effort to Reduce Massive Backlog of Disability Hearings” – TRAC at Syracuse University – July 2011)
  • “Social Security Awards Depend More on Judge Than Facts…” (TRAC at Syracuse University – July 4, 2011)
  • “Coburn (Senator) Calls  for Binder and Binder Review” (UPI – December 23, 2011)
  • “Social Security Administration Explains Plan to buy 174,000 Hollow-Point Bullets” (CNSNews – August 16, 2012)
  • “SSA Rushes Disease Claims” (Associated Press – December 6, 2012)
  • “Commissioner Astrue Returning to Massachusetts” (SSA Press Release – January 28, 2013)
  • “SSA Announces Acting Commissioner”  (SSA Fact Sheet – February 20, 2013)
  • “Seven Social Security Changes for 2013 (US News and World Report – February 20, 2013)
  • “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Social Security” (US News and World Report – August 9, 2010 and Reprinted February 20, 2013)
  • “What Impact Does Professional Representation Have On The Process At The Initial Application Level”? (The Social Security Advisory Board – September 2012)
  • “SSA Performance Measures And Targets” (Annual Performance Plan/Strategic Goals 1 and 2 – FY 2013 Final and FY 2012 Revised)
  • “Judges Sue Over Disability – Social Security System in Crisis” (Associated Press and Atlanta Journal and Constitution – April 20, 2013)
  • “Social Security Braces For Budget Cuts, Frustrated Public” (Baltimore Sun – February 25, 2013)
  • “Social Security IT System Could Benefit By Joining The Cloud, Scientist Says” (Carnegie Mellon University, PHYSorg.com – May 9, 2012)
  • “Unfit for Work – The Startling Rise of Disability in America” (NPR  Planet Money- March 2013)
  • “Commissioners Write in Defense of Disability Program” (NOSSCR  April 4,2013 – Restated by Beth Bates May 7, 2013)
  • “Social Security Braces for Budget Cuts, Frustrated Public” (Baltimore Sun – February 25, 2013)
  • “Social Security Hurt by Neglect, Commissioner Says” (MSN News – February 14, 2013)
  • “Federal Disability Program Running Out of Money” (Donna Freedman, MSN Money – June 3, 2013)
  •  “House Investigators: Disability Judges Are Too Lax” (Stephen Ohlemacher, AP – June 25, 2013)
  • “Judges: Social Security Pushes Approval of Claims” (Stephen Ohlemacher, AP – June 27, 2013)

 

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