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Social Security disability claims progress threatened by state furloughs

After decades of neglect and what one official describes as "severe underfunding", Social Security Administration officials are finally seeing progress in reducing a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits. This, after recent infusions of staff, technology, and money. However, that progress is now threatened by another, more pressing problem: the furloughs of state disability claims reviewers, whose salary is partially paid for by federal funds.

Tags: management , pay & benefits , Social Security Administration , Michael Astrue , Patrick O'Carroll , Bob Filner , California , Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger , Max Cacas

Friday - 11/20/2009, 12:15pm EST

The Senator from Delaware rises to praise federal workers

With the return of Congress this week, one lawmaker intends to return to his weekly ritual: delivering a floor speech in the United States Senate in praise of an exemplary federal employee. Delaware Senator Ted Kaufman says he will continue the weekly tributes through the end of his term this year.

Tags: newsstand , Congress , Ted Kaufman , Senate , Partnership for Public Service , Max Cacas

Tuesday - 04/13/2010, 07:00am EDT