G&G Weekly Update

Social Security Trustees Note Solvency through 2052

The Board of Trustees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently released its annual report on the state of the Social Security Trust Fund. According to this year’s report, the system can now pay full benefits through 2052, 20 years later than last year’s report. This is due to the Trustees estimating that fewer people will be approved for disability benefits. The new date is also due to declining application rates and declining numbers ...

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National Adjudication Team Begins On-The-Record Decisions

After making zero attorney advisor decisions during Fiscal Year 2018, the National Adjudication Team began its work in November 2018 for Fiscal Year 2019. These Attorney Advisors are empowered to issue fully-favorable decisions on the record in cases where a hearing is not necessary. Through February 2019, the most recent month available at this writing, 454 decisions had been issued nationwide with an average of 4.73 dispositions per day. While this sounds like a large ...

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G&G Weekly Update

Social Security Congressional and Public Affairs Staff Shrinks 

At the end of 2018, the Appeals Council’s Congressional and Public Affairs Branch lost another ombudsman to retirement. This leaves a single ombudsman in this office. A Social Security claims representative group has already complained about the lack of responsiveness from this office. It is expected that this further reduction in staff will reduce the effectiveness of that office to responding to concerns from the claimants, Congress, and the general public.

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