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12:37 pm, December 21, 2014

SSA News

Mike Astrue, Former Commissioner, SSA

Your agency has less than two weeks to decide on a two-year plan for how to structure its senior executive workforce. Once that workforce plan is in place, your agency can refocus back to an ongoing morale problem affecting the entire federal workforce. Mike Astrue is former commissioner of the Social Security Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ways to start progressive leadership strategies at your agency.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:31pm EST
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Senate cancels vote on Obama Social Security pick

Obama pick to head Social Security runs into more trouble; Senate cancels confirmation vote

Monday - 12/15/2014, 11:28am EST

Social Security nominee defends integrity, career

Obama's pick to head Social Security defends integrity, handling of troubled computer project

Friday - 12/05/2014, 03:48am EST

What you need to know about retirement security, health insurance

Women of Washington radio show hosts Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm talk to Brenda Sulick, director of the Eleanor's Hope project at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Social Security and retirement

Lester Austin, retired public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your Social Security and retirement questions.
October 20, 2014

Monday - 10/20/2014, 08:09pm EDT
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Bill Zielinski, Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has found a new home for all of its data. The agency recently unveiled its new National Support Data Center in Urbana, Maryland. The 300,000 square foot facility replaces the 30-year-old Woodlawn facility that couldn't adapt to changing technology or meet electricity requirements. Chief Information Officer Bill Zielinski joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:50pm EDT
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SSA OIG employees turn limited budget into 20-to-1 return on investment

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General almost tripled its goal to return $8 for every $1 spent on the agency. Between October 2013 and March 2014, the IG recovered millions in criminal convictions, audits and legal penalties, contributing to an overall 20-to-1 return on investment for American taxpayers. In part two of our special report, Rainmakers and Money Savers, Federal News Radio goes behind the scenes of the SSA OIG to examine the work federal employees are doing on a daily basis, resulting in billions of dollars going straight into the federal coffers.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 04:26am EDT
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SSA nominee seeks to mend labor-management fences

Carolyn Watts Colvin, the nominee to be Social Security Administration commissioner, vowed to Senate lawmakers to soothe turbulent relations between the agency and its labor unions. Colvin also said she plans to tackle troubled IT systems that still run COBOL.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:19am EDT
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Roger Kodat, Project Director, National Academy of Public Administration

The trustees who oversee Social Security have released a mixed report on the program's solvency. Retirement will be okay until 2034. The disability trust fund, however, has just two more years. But what about the Social Security Administration itself? As a large agency responsible for delivering hundreds of billions of dollars in benefits each year, it also has long term challenges. Those hurdles are detailed in a study by the National Academy of Public Administration. Project Director Roger Kodat joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the major challenges at SSA over the next 10 years.

Monday - 07/28/2014, 12:42pm EDT
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Jeff Neal, senior VP, ICF International

The Social Security Administration says its new $300 million IT system still doesn't work. SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims. The agency says outside consultants will try to get the project back on track, but it still has no idea when it will be ready to launch. Jeff Neal is senior VP of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He's tells Francis Rose on In Depth that it's not just IT projects, but all types of federal contracts that can be where good ideas go to die.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:15pm EDT
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Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 03:23am EDT

SSA not ready to meet future challenges

The National Academy of Public Administration says the Social Security Administration is not ready for the challenges of the future. NAPA says shrinking budgets, retiring workers and rapidly changing technology are all issues that need to be addressed in the next 15 years.

Wednesday - 07/23/2014, 04:55pm EDT

OMB to reward employees who receive positive customer service reviews

The Office of Management and Budget revealed its plans to speed up transactions and services.

Wednesday - 07/02/2014, 12:37pm EDT

Alice In Washington Wonderland

Thanks to Congressional budget cutters and the White House sequestration program, two of the most important federal operations - the IRS and the Social Security Administration - are getting smaller and slower. So, how much longer can we afford these 'savings', Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks?

Monday - 06/23/2014, 02:00am EDT

Obama picks Colvin to head Social Security agency

President Barack Obama will nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin, who has been the deputy commissioner for three and a half years and acting commissioner since Michael Astrue stepped down in February 2013 at the end of his six-year term.

Friday - 06/20/2014, 12:48pm EDT

Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

Social Security closes record number of offices as millions of baby boomers reach retirement

Thursday - 06/19/2014, 03:34am EDT

SSA prepares to open doors of new $200 million data center

Bill Zielinski, the Social Security Administration's chief information officer, said storage in the cloud and the greater use of virtualization are among the prerequisites for the agency before it moves into its new data center this summer.

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 07:18am EDT
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SSA agrees to let overpayments slide for victims of fraud

Social Security's inspector general revealed beneficiaries being unfairly charged due to unauthorized account changes. SSA will make policy changes to not hold beneficiaries liable for penalties due to fraudsters stealing or taking their payments without authorization.

Wednesday - 05/21/2014, 04:45pm EDT

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

Social Security suspends program that seized tax refunds to recoup decade-old overpayments

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 06:42pm EDT

Bea Disman, Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration is assembling a team of disability examiners. They will use big data as one tool to spot fraud and, they hope, prevent it. Based in Jamaica, N.Y., the team is currently reviewing disability medical decisions in two cases one in New York and the other in Puerto Rico. Bea Disman, the New York regional commissioner for the Social Security Administration, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the specialized unit.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 10:06am EDT
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