Michael J. Astrue was sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security on February 12, 2007, for a six-year term that expires on January 19, 2013. As commissioner, he focused his efforts on reducing the disability backlog and improving services to the public.
He has spearheaded new systems for fast-tracking disability claims, created National Hearing Centers to reduce local backlogs with video hearings, and overhauled the agency’s electronic services.
Astrue has received numerous awards, including the Public Health Leadership Award from the National Organization of Rare Disorders and the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Alzheimer’s Association. More recently, he received the 2012 President’s Award presented by The Arc, one of the largest charitable organizations, according to the Social Security Press Office.
“Throughout his tenure, Commissioner Astrue has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to addressing the needs of people with disabilities. Bringing his unique business perspective to the Social Security Administration, he revolutionized the way it has been run and helped better serve individuals with the most significant disabilities,” said the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc.
“Knowing that Social Security is not just numbers and getting checks out on time, but people’s lives, he has become a true ally to the disability community in our nation. We are thrilled to be honoring him at our national convention.”
If you or someone you know needs help with Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.
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