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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G&G Weekly Update

A new Commissioner of Social Security was re-nominated for a six-year term in January 2019.

Andrew Saul, who was previously nominated during the 115th Congress that ended in January, was re-nominated for the post during the 116th Congress. The term of the Commissioner runs for six years, starting January 20, 2019. There has not been a confirmed Commissioner of Social Security since Michael J. Astrue’s term expired in 2013.

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