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SSA, IRS take different paths on sequestration furloughs

The Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration two of the largest federal agencies with very public missions are taking divergent paths when it comes to dealing with the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. IRS says it is planning for five to seven furloughs days, while SSA says it hopes to forego furloughs through alternative savings.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 06:25pm EST

Social Security head: Program fraying from neglect

AP Interview: Outgoing Social Security commissioner says benefit cuts, tax hikes inevitable

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 02:08pm EST

Employee unions march on Capitol Hill to stop sequestration

AFGE, AFSCME rally against the potential cuts from sequestration as part of their week-long legislative conference. Union members are meeting with lawmakers to ensure they understand the broader impact cuts due to sequestration would have on the nation and the economy.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 10:26am EST
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Federal Drive Interviews -- Feb. 8, 2013

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue and Linda Cureton of NASA talks about their upcoming retirements. Register employee benefit consultant Ed Zurndorfer explains what feds can expect from possible furloughs. White House Historical Association Vice President of Research talks about possible renovations at the White House.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 11:38am EST

Social Security and retirement

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, takes your calls and email questions.
January 28, 2013

Monday - 01/28/2013, 10:49pm EST
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Fed agency retracts reprimand to flatulent worker

A federal government agency did more than wrinkle its nose at an employee's flatulence problem, issuing an official reprimand after months of malodors. But the agency said Friday that it has since retracted the rebuke.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:04pm EST

Financial planning and a view from the 'cliff'

Certified Financial Planner Joseph Sullender on how to best prepare for your retirement.
December 17, 2012(Encore presentation December 24, 2012)

Monday - 12/17/2012, 10:41pm EST
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Man charged in Arizona Social Security explosion

A man charged with detonating a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security Administration office in Arizona had researched how to construct a particular explosive that authorities say has been used in terrorist bomb plots, according to a criminal complaint.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 06:57pm EST

Customer satisfaction with e-government down slightly but near record highs

Satisfaction with federal e-government sites remained high throughout most of 2012, according to a quarterly report from ForeSee and the American Customer Satisfaction Index. On a 100-point scale, customer satisfaction with federal websites now sits at 75.3. That's actually down slightly from last quarter, which had set an all-time high, according to the latest report.

Monday - 10/22/2012, 08:06pm EDT

Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday.

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 04:09pm EDT

SSA to close offices earlier to cut overtime

The Social Security Administration will begin closing its offices around the country 30 minutes early starting Nov. 19. A spokeswoman said "significantly less funding" than the agency requested forced it to adopt this tactic.

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 06:26am EDT

Report: Social Security lax on disability claims

Social Security is so overwhelmed by disability claims that some officials are awarding benefits without adequately reviewing applications, potentially adding to the program's financial problems as it edges closer to the brink of insolvency, congressional investigators say in a new report.

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 11:04am EDT

Disability and disability benefits

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist at the Social Security Administration, explains the disability application process and answer your questions about benefits.
September 10, 2012

Monday - 09/10/2012, 07:15pm EDT
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OMB touts $4B in efficiency savings

Acting Director Jeff Zients wrote in a blog post today that agencies have met half of President Obama's goal to save $8 billion by the end of 2013.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 05:00pm EDT

Why does Social Security need 174,000 bullets?

It didn't take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets.

Tuesday - 09/04/2012, 01:32pm EDT

Sequestration, the Ryan budget, and more

Host Mike Causey moderates a roundtable discussion of sequestration, postal service buyouts, and more.
August 15, 2012

Wednesday - 08/15/2012, 06:56pm EDT
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SSA offers early retirement to 9,000 employees

To be eligible, employees must have 20 years of creditable service and be at least 50 years of age, or have at least 25 years of creditable service at any age, including five years of civilian service, according to an SSA email to Federal News Radio.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 10:02am EDT

Services expanding removal of SSNs on documents

The Defense Department is expanding the removal of Social Security numbers from service member documents.

Monday - 08/06/2012, 08:10am EDT

Inspector General: SSA sitting on $134 million in uncashed checks

The inspector general for the Social Security Administration estimated the agency is sitting on about $134 million for benefit checks that sit uncashed by recipients for more than a year - money subsequently returned to the agency. But the IG report found most of the recipients who didn't cash their checks are still eligible for the assistance and the SSA could take additional steps to ensure they receive them.

Tuesday - 07/24/2012, 07:58pm EDT

2012 Causey Awards Winner - Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien, a human resources specialist in the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General, was nominated for leading the organization's telework initiative.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 04:21am EDT
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