Federal employees historically did not have FICA coverage and did not have Medicare. When coverage became mandatory, action was never changed to provide a supplement to Medicare as an option for Federal employees who take federal health insurance. Instead of buying (and the government also paying for a significant part) a full health insurance, federal employees who have Medicare should be able to choose a Medicare... more »
Social Security Administration
Present practice is for all new senior case technicians, attorney advisors and paralegals to go off-site (another state) for training for one week. With the opening with several new ODAR offices the expense to send 15-30 new employees is outrageous. The minimum expenditure for each employee at a minumum is $3,000. I would send one or two current employees from a surrounding office to the new office site to train. Specifically,... more »
Due the advancements in technology, ODAR has already implemented video hearings. Currently vocational experts are paid travel expenses in addition to their contract fees. Why should they be paid to travel to their job site, when ordinary citizens and federal employees are not paid to travel to their job sites! At video hearings, the claimants and representatives appear at the remote site and the Administrataive Law... more »
End entitlement to provisional payments or change the law so they have to be repaid if an unfavorable decision is handed down. This and other frivolous entitlement laws like the Martinez Court case are burdening the system and draining millions from it. If you have served time, you should not get benefits. Money is not free and the lawmakers need to realize this next time the lobbyists knock down their doors.
We need to send form 1372 with student termination letters for monthly benefits. this keeps the clients out of the office for repeated trips to ask for this form. This will save time for the agency and the clients.
Instead of giving monetry awards, use the money to fund overtime work. Awards are supposed to be based on the employee doing some extraordinary or an extra deed, which in fact, is just doing your job. When an employee does "something extra" they are either doing their job or taking time from their job duties. At least this way the government is getting something for the money. This would really for most departments... more »
When disability benefits are paid to a number holder, the process for monitoring the continued validity of the claim, over years, is woefully inadequate. The agency is losing millions of dollars, if not more, due to the lack of training, resources, or access to other federal agencies data. Often when an overpayment is discovered, it is usually several years after the fact. By the time the overpayment finally reaches... more »
I think when we transfer an EDCS Electronic Folder it should show what is being sent so DDS. For example a 827, 5002, 821 ect. So DDS does not bouce it back to the Field Office, stating that the 827 Medical Release form was not dated or missing 5002 ect. That will save lots of time and money to do more claims.
Thank You, Roxanna Nolan
Federal/State/Local government agencies and private entities attend conferences together. There is no coordination of travel in cases where carpooling or vanpooling would be cost saving to all involved. We should have an interagency booking system that would identify others going to the same conference and allow for planning travel that encourages carpooling/vanpooling with other attendees to the destination. (Example:... more »
I work at SSA & we operate an electronic Quality Assurance (eQA) system to review cases receiving payment under SSA entitlement programs. As a data source for the eQA system, SSA recently procured the services of contractor “Accuity Solutions” to develop and run a web-based application to verify the financial assets of claimants or family members that could affect their SSI eligibility. This process called “Access... more »
I believe that the Medical-Vocational Guidelines or Grid Rules, found in 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 2 need serious review and updates/changes. It is totally ridiculous that an individual as young as age 45 must be found disabled under the Grid Rules and thus collect SS disability benefits/SSI benefits if they cannot speak English and have never worked for whatever the reason or have only had "unskilled" past... more »
Medicare and all its fixings should be offered to all federal employees and families, and all retired federal employees. Offering the coverage to more people may allow for lower costs in the long run.
AT THE DATA OPERATIONS OFFICE,WE HAVE DAY AND NIGHTSHIFT CLERKS.THE NIGHTSHIFT CLERKS GET A NIGHTSHIFT DIFFERENTIAL PAY AFTER A CERTAIN TIME OF NIGHT.THEIR HOURS CONTINUE INTO 3AM.WE HAVE NUMEROUS EMPTY SEATS ON DAYSHIFT.I SUGGEST WE GET AS MANY NIGHTSHIFT PEOPLE TRANSFERRED TO DAYS OR TRY TO GET ALL OF THEM DAYSHIFT IF IT CAN BE DONE.THIS EXTRA PAY IS VERY COSTLY AND NOT NEEDED TO GET THE WORK DONE.THIS IS THE SOCIAL... more »
As people who take SSi claims we are individuals who continually need to make referrals to other agencies such as the Housing authority, the County Social Service Office, Probation etc. We are lucky in that my office has its place in a mall full of governmental offices incuding social services etc. But this is not always the case. My idea is to have both in government offices and on the web sections call my government... more »
In the building trades and in the Navy there are apprenship programs in which younger people learn from older and seasoned employees. One of the problems with the large number of baby boomer retirements is that governmental offices have either a large number of young people or older workers and no inbetween. My idea is to have a type of apprentship/mentor program for agencies like Social Security and others where seasoned... more »