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SSA News

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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Determining your financial ability to retire

Certified Financial Planner Joe Sullender answers your questions about retirement planning.
April 7, 2014

Monday - 04/07/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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What's going on on Capitol Hill?

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement will give us an update on pending legislation affecting federal workers and retirees.
April 2, 2014

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:33pm EDT
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How can Social Security add GREEN to your retirement cash flow?

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your calls and emails about Social Security and retirement.
March 31, 2014

Monday - 03/31/2014, 11:11pm EDT
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Former SSA employee pleads guilty to stealing beneficiaries' information

In our weekly Crime of the Week feature, Federal News Radio reports on a federal employee who is under investigation or charged with a crime.

Thursday - 03/27/2014, 01:21pm EDT

SSA offering early-outs in 2014

The early-out offer at the Social Security Administration is one of the first this year in government. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it could open up the promotion pipeline for younger, mid-career employees and jump-start early retirement offers in other agencies too. So how are things in your office?

Friday - 01/31/2014, 02:00am EST

How sequestration and hiring freezes are shaping the future of SSA

In this week's edition of Agency of the Month, Dr. Reginald Wells, Deputy Commissioner at the Social Security Administration, discusses the human resources pressures caused by tightening budgets.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 11:24am EST
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IG helps SSA save and recover millions of dollars

In this week's edition of Agency of the Month, SSA Inspector General Patrick O'Carroll explains how his office is helping the agency save millions of dollars.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 10:56am EST
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SSA shares lessons learned in tight budget climate

In part two of our Agency of the Month interview with Peter Spencer, deputy commissioner for Budget, Finance, Quality and Management at the Social Security Administration, Spencer says lessons learned in 2013 will help the agency moving forward in 2014 and beyond.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 11:14am EST
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SSA adjusting to 2014 budget pressures

On this week's Agency of the Month show, Peter Spencer discusses how budget uncertainty is negatively impacting the agency.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 11:40am EDT
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Social Security benefits to go up by 1.5 percent

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.5 percent in 2014; increase among lowest in years

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 07:04pm EDT

2014 COLA to rise 1.5 percent

The Social Security Administration announced Wednesday morning that the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2014 will rise 1.5 percent.

Wednesday - 10/30/2013, 07:02am EDT

Estimates point to slight COLA hike

Preliminary figures suggest next year's benefit increase will be roughly 1.5 percent, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The increase will be small because consumer prices, as measured by the government, haven't gone up much in the past year.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 12:35pm EDT
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