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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

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Social Security , Lester Austin , Bob Leins , John Elliott , For Your Benefit

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.

Tags: Bill Zielinski , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , data storage , technology , SSA

Wednesday - 10/08/2014, 04:50pm 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.

Tags: technology , disability claims , McKinsey & Co. , Terrie Gruber

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

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Buying an annuity from the Social Security Administration is one way for federal employees to bolster their retirement income. And yes, you heard that right, you can buy a Social Security annuity. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. She says on In Depth with Francis Rose the cost of the annuity depends on how patient you are.

Tags: Tammy Flanagan , NITP , retirement ,

Friday - 07/25/2014, 04:36pm 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 SSA wants to replace outdated computer systems that contribute to its backlog of disability claims.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.

Tags: DHS , Jeff Neal , ChiefHRO.com , ICF International

Thursday - 07/24/2014, 06:15pm EDT
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Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration employees see the results of budget cuts and sequestration. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wrote in his column "Alice in Washington Wonderland" why these cuts apply to the federal workforce on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: IRS , budget , sequestration

Monday - 06/23/2014, 04:35pm EDT
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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.

Tags: people , Carolyn Colvin

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

Tags: Bea Disman , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

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

Tags: pay and benefits , retirement , Social Security , Lester Austin , Bob Leins , John Elliot , For Your Benefit , C4I

Monday - 03/31/2014, 11:11pm EDT
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Professional liability insurance and more

Host Mike Causey will talk professional liability insurance with attorneys John P. Mahoney and David Cavanaugh. Later Andy Medici will discuss potential buyouts at the Social Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
February 5, 2014

Tags: pay and benefits , liability insurance , John P. Mahoney , David Cavanaugh , Tully Rinckey , Fed Guard , Andy Medici , Federal Times , buyouts , Environmental Protection Agency , US Postal Service , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 02/05/2014, 08:40pm EST
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