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  • Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, is warning about new tactics being used by telephone scammers.  The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has received reports of telephone scammers using real Social Security official’s names in their calls. Some names are available on Social Security websites or through an on-line search.  Other…

    a month+ ago
  • Beating even the most optimistic forecasts, The United States, United Kingdom & Canada all have begun distributing the vaccine created by Pfizer & BioNTech and approved on an emergency basis by the FDA.  This, despite the logistic challenges of shipping and storing the vaccine which must be kept at 70 degrees or below, Celsius or…

    2+ months ago

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  • Spring 2019 Newsletter An Opioid Story I’ve changed his name. Let’s call him Gerald. He was a laborer. And by that I don’t mean that he just did physical work. He was a card-carrying member the Labor’s Union local. And that meant a lot to him. I represented him for Social Security disability and Michigan…

    a year+ ago
  • Winter 2018 Newsletter Congress, Once Again, Sets Its Sights On SSA Periodically, Congress will decide to “streamline” or “reform” Social Security, especially disability, in order to “ensure the future of the benefits’: In September that came around again. Hearings were held on September 6, 2017 before the House Ways & Means Committee regarding how eligibility…

    2+ years ago

HOW WILL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECT SSA?

Just as occurred in 1996 when Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) GA and Bill Clinton faced off, President Obama & the Republican led House of Representatives have partially shut-down the federal government. The Congress has not passed a budget or continuing financing resolution over the issue of funding (or at least delaying) implementation of the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare”.

How is this shut-down affecting Social Security? Quite a bit.

It’s pretty quiet behind the scenes at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Other than 1 employee at the reception desk the only employees at work are the Administrative Law Judges. They have a union and they are protected so long as they show up for work. They will receive retroactive pay when the shutdown ends.

The scheduled hearings will be held. The hearing monitors and vocational experts are contract employees and they will be paid. But all other employees of the ODARs are off work.

So although the cases will be heard and decisions made by the ALJs, decisions won’t be written, hearings won’t be scheduled, electronic files won’t be prepared for access, cases won’t be exhibited for hearing, the phone won’t be answered and cases won’t be screened for “on-the-record” decisions.

In other words, the ODARs are effectively dead in the water.

 

Call today if you have questions about the Michigan Social Security Disability Attorney and Lawyer Services provided by William Crawforth.

To schedule an appointment call 800-864-1244 or fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

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