August 4th, 2014|
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has come under heavy scrutiny for failing to meet both a sustainable budget and processing deadlines for new Social Security Disability claims. However, the agency recently announced its plan to address these problems with advancements in technology and a better strategy.
The SSA’s Open Government Plan 3.0 outlines four goals:
- Improve Transparency- The SSA would like to expand presence on the web, provide better data for research, better utilize social media, and provide workers with better tools to do their job.
- Expand Participation- Officials aim to improve the public’s ability to get information from and access to the agency.
- Increase Collaboration- The agency would like to have more interaction and a better ability to share information with other organizations.
- Internalize Open Government Principles- Employees of the SSA can expect to give more feedback and see more efforts to supply the materials they need.
The agency plans to reach these objectives by increasing the functionality of the My Social Security network and reforming internal policies and procedures. Some of those changes include better data analysis and reporting of metrics, as well as developing sustainability with automation. Officials are hopeful these improvements will result in more disabled Americans getting Social Security Disability benefits.
If you need help applying for benefits, contact the Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today. We’re here to assist you with your claim—even if you’ve been denied by the SSA in the past.
December 13th, 2013|
December 13, 2013
Over the past several decades, the number of Social Security Disability benefit recipients has swelled. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain the rise has prompted many experts to look into the cause of the increase in disability claims and what effects the increase in claims numbers has had on the program.
An article from the LA Times states there were roughly 250,000 new claims for Social Security Disability benefits in 1970. By 2008 though, the number had spiked to more than 900,000 new claims per year. While many believe the reason for the increase is fraudulent claims and a lazy workforce, studies have shown that an aging workforce was to blame.
Researchers claim that in 1970, many of the individuals in the generation known as baby boomers were not working. By 2008 though, these individuals had worked in the system several decades and were beginning to reach an age where disabling injuries occur more frequently. This accounted for almost 90 percent of the increase in Social Security Disability Claims that were recorded over the past several decades.
The increase in claims has created a backlog of unprocessed cases though, which leaves many who are in need of assistance waiting long periods of time for their claim to be approved. That’s why the attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest discussing your case with an attorney if you are considering applying for such benefits.
June 21st, 2013|
June 19, 2013
With the number of citizens filing Social Security Disability Claims skyrocketing and funding for such programs slowly beginning to run out, it is vital that solutions to sustainability of the program be found. One way the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking to cut its costs is by getting those who receive Social Security Disability benefits back to work.
The SSA has launched a program called “Ticket To Work” that focuses on getting the disabled who are capable of performing certain duties back into the workforce. These individuals are able to continue collecting their disability benefits for a certain amount of time, while also collecting a paycheck.
The goal of the program is to offer the disabled more choices for returning to work, while increasing financial independence and reducing an individual’s need for government assistance.
The program is free for anyone who is between the ages of 18- and 64-years-old who currently receive Social Security Disability benefits. Those who wish to participate need only sign up to do so with an approved service provider. If the work assignment is accepted by the Employment Network or State Vocational Rehabilitation agency, they will then coordinate and supply the services needed to get an individual back in the workforce, such as training, counseling, and other support services.
The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage those who receive Social Security Disability benefits to consider participating in the program.
September 26th, 2012|
September 26, 2012
An 18-month investigation conducted by a Senate subcommittee found the Social Security Administration (SSA) had wrongly paid out compensation in roughly one-quarter of the 300 cases that were examined between 2006 and 2010, costing American taxpayers potentially millions of dollars. According to FOX News, investigators found that many of the overpayments were due to negligence and mistakes by federal administrative judges.
In one case in particular, an Oklahoma city judge was found to have approved approximately 90 percent of the 5,400 Social Security Disability claims that came across his bench in a two-year period. The awards amounted to $1.6 billion and were often given without any kind of trial.
In other instances of misconduct, investigators discovered judges had submitted versions of documents that had been edited, rather than including the whole document, which could have contained crucial information pertinent to the case.
Mark Hinkle, an SSA spokesperson, stated last week the agency was aware of the issues and was doing everything in its power to resolve them and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
In the meantime, the Indiana disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe anyone applying for Social Security benefits will face heavy scrutiny, making it more important than ever to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side who will walk you through the entire process of filing a claim.
January 13th, 2011|
January 13, 2011
The Washington Post reports that judges around the country face growing threats of violence regarding Social Security Disability claims.
There were 50 threats of violence against judges and Social Security administrators in the last six-month reporting period alone.
If a judge rules against providing Social Security benefits to an individual, it can be a significant loss of income to that person, and lately some people have threatened retaliation. However, the Social Security Administration says it takes the safety and security of its employees seriously.
Do you think the government needs to increase its protection of federal employees?
If you need to file a Social Security Disability claim, the experienced Social Security Disability attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help you.