Vision 2025

Social Security Administration Unveils New Improvement Plan: Vision 2025

by Staff | May 4th, 2015

Social Security Disability benefits are available to workers in the United States who are unable to return to their job due to a mental or physical condition. The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that the process of getting your claim approved after applying for Social Security Disability benefits can sometimes be a difficult task though, considering the long wait times, processing mistakes, and erroneous denials the Social Security Administration (SSA) has become notorious for.

The SSA is hoping to address these problems through a new program that was announced by the Acting Commissioner for the SSA, Carolyn W. Colvin, last week. A press release from the agency states Vision 2025 will act as a navigational guide for the future operations of the SSA in hopes of providing the disabled with a more user-friendly experience.

The plan was created after gathering data and opinions from not only government officials and experts, but from members of the community as well. From that information, the SSA was able to identify three key areas to focus on improving. They include:

  • Superior customer service
  • Exceptional employees
  • Organizational innovation

Officials say they hope the new plan will help the SSA create a shift in operations that will lead to a change in the way problematic issues are handled by the agency. These reforms would then allow the agency to hopefully evolve in a way that improves the services the agency provides to Americans.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we are aware of just how complicated the Social Security Disability system can be, which is why our Social Security Disability lawyers are hopeful Vision 2025 will be a success.

 

Changes to the Social Security System Are Underway

by Staff | July 16th, 2014

An aging population of workers combined with a reduction in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) workforce has taken it’s toll on both funding and the agency’s ability to process new claims.

The SSA is taking steps to address these problems, but some feel their proposed plans may not make getting Social Security disability benefits any easier.

The SSA’s Vision 2025 plan calls for a majority of the agency’s field offices to be closed in order to transition to an online processing format. So far, as many as 80 SSA offices have shut their doors.

The Huffington Post explains another major change is the downsizing of the SSA’s workforce by as many as 30,000 employees. This leaves applicants dependent on a faceless system to make major decisions about their finances.

Some applicants may be savvy enough to navigate the new system, but others have severe disabilities or little computer knowledge. This leaves many applicants unable to navigate the online application process.

The Social Security Disability attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out these are just a few of the reasons it’s crucial to have legal representation by your side while applying for Social Security Disability benefits. If you are struggling with your Social Security Disability claim, we are here to help.