Round Up The Lowest Allowing ALJs And Call Them Models?

     Here’s the witness list for tomorrow’s hearing before the House Oversight Committee, with the reversal rates for each of the Administrative Law Judges in parentheses after their name: The Honorable Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma), Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs,

DOMA Found Unconstitutional

     The Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented the Social Security Administration and other agencies from recognizing same sex marriages, has been found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.      Unfortunately, this leaves open the question of whether Social Security can recognize same sex marriages when the married person has moved to a state that refuses to recognize same sex

Make Your Choice Early — And Don’t Move

     From a Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM) set to appear in the Federal Register tomorrow: To better utilize our limited resources and make our hearing process more efficient for all claimants, we propose to modify our rules so that we would notify a claimant earlier in the process, before an ALJ is assigned or a hearing is scheduled, that he or she has the right to object to

Paying Money To Dead People

     The Wall Street Journal is running a story on a report by Social Security’s Office of Inspector General concerning payment of benefits to 1,546 people listed in the Death Master File as dead.       It’s funny. I had seen the same report and thought it showed that on the whole Social Security was doing a good job. I thought about posting about the report but decided that it wasn’t of any

An Original Type Of Fraud

     From Inside NOVA, which, I think, stands for Northern Virginia: A former Woodbridge woman was sentenced Friday to one day in prison, plus three years of supervised release, for committing Social Security fraud by helping her husband claim he was dead. … According to documents on file at U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Rios’ husband, Luis Melecio Rios Guizado, was wanted on

I’m Not Expecting Calm Deliberation

     The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled a hearing for June 27 at 9:30 a.m. on Oversight of Rising Social Security Disability Claims and the Role of Administrative Law Judges. This is supposed to be the first of a series of hearings on this subject. In advance of the hearing, there is an Associated Press piece saying that Social Security’s Administrative Law

Error In Blast E-Mail From SSA

     I received this e-mail from Social Security today, probably because I have set up a MySSA account: Affordable Health Care Need health insurance or know someone who does?  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more Americans now qualify to get coverage that fits their needs and budgets.  Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at or call 1-800-318-2596 to get more

A Social Security Site for Smartphone Users

The Social Security Administration says a little more than 6 percent of people using its Web site come via smartphones.

Social Security’s Contribution to Your Income

This week’s Your Money column discusses a proposal included in President Obama’s budget that would slow the rate at which Social Security benefits increase over time.

One Recession Cost Is Lower Social Security Benefits

Drawing your Social Security benefits as soon as you are eligible can affect your long-term well-being, while deferring them offers a savings rate hard to find anywhere else.

Chipping Away at Poverty — an Exchange

A back-and-forth about SSI, my reporting and how best to make progress on poverty.

Rejected Disability Claims in Queens May Be Reheard

A tentative settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit singling out five Social Security administrative law judges with particularly high denial rates.