2017 saw SSA make several changes to the regulations, Rulings and listings, as well as several organizational changes. Former Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin retired, and Nancy Berryhill became Acting Commissioner of SSA in January 2017. There has not been a confirmed Commissioner of Social Security since February 2013. President Trump has not nominated a Commissioner.

In August, SSA announced several changes that became effective October 1, 2017. ODAR was split into two different components: The Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) and the Office of Appellate Operations (OAO). OAO, which includes the Appeals Council was moved to a new Deputy Commissioner-level organization – the Of ce of Analytics, Review and Oversight (OARO). OARO includes ve other components. SSA has tried to implement backlog reductions plans by releasing an updated version of its CARES plan. SSA attributes its failure to meet its goals to a shortage of hearing-level support staff, especially decision writers. But facing an uncertain budget, many of the plans have not been implemented.

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Homeless In America

January 10, 2018

The Huffington Post recently posted a great article on the importance of Social Security benefits to people who are homeless.  It’s a good read and I could not do it justice by attempting to summarize it.

So here is a link for you:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/homeless-in-america-a-case-study-in-the-importance_us_5a0a62e4e4b060fb7e59d36b

New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2018

Like many Americans, I have lots of resolutions this year!  And I think, for once, they are resolutions that are manageable.

  • Spend more time with colleagues; I always learn something valuable
  • Attend more conferences; the break is nice and I also learn valuable things
  • Leave work at the office
  • Stay calm in the face of chaos
  • Remember why I do what I do – to help people

I hope you all are making resolutions that you can keep.

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