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Form W-4v

We currently at Social Security Administration 800# number send out form IRS w-4v (Request for change in voluntary tax witholding) to those who request witholding over the phone. When we recieve the form back at the 800# number, we input the witholding. It would save money, time, and postage if after we properly and securely identify callers like we already do each time we make a change in a Social Security record, that... more »

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Allow Permanant Part-Time Schedules for Career Employees

There should be an option for permanant career employees to work part-time. (Perhaps 4 out of 5 days a week.) The employee could pay out a little more in insurance, etc. but, would have a more family-friendly manageable schedule.

Many professional offices have Monday-Friday hours only. For some employees the higher cost of insurance, etc. may outweigh the burden of scheduling leave and juggling family responsibilities... more »

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Include "Bottom-Up" Input into Manager and Supervisor Reviews

Include subordinate employees' ratings of supervisors and managers yearly reviews. Even if this accounts for %1 of %100, it will provide insight to that manager or supervisor's capabilities.

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Stop Social Security when Death Cerificate is Issued

Ensure that Social Security benefits are automatically stopped at the time a Death Certificate is issued by automatically sending a copy of the Death Certificate to the Social Security Administration when the Death Certificate is issued. This would eliminate the lag time between the Date of Death and when the benefits are stopped by the Executor of the Will for the deceased. It would also eliminate unnecessary checking... more »

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Stop Medicare Variable SMI provision, Save $1.47 BILLION a year

Currently there are 36.428 million people receiving SSA benefits and approximately the same amount of people receiving Medicare part B benefits over age 65.

My idea is to eliminate Section 1839(f) of the Social Security Act which allows for Variable SMI.

Doing this would save the government (a low-end estimate) $1.470 BILLION dollars a year.

(Not counting the disability beneficiaries that have part B Medicare)... more »

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Provide Clear and Comprehensive Correspondence to the Public

Much of the work in Operations at SSA is because people do not understand what is being ask of them. There ought to be an urgent focus on revising the most frequently mailed correspondence to the public. A better understanding of the content material, would provide with less calls and walk in traffic. Letters should be written just like how we explain things to the public when they walk in to an office or when they call... more »

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Eliminate unnecessary policy/regulations and intranet sites

Our agency would clearly benefit tremendously if policy components would focus on reviewing existing policy and eliminate unnecessary/outdated policy procedures and instructions. This should be a mandate, reports should be submitted on progress.

Necessary policy could also be consolidated to be clearer and simpler for us to execute in operations. Generally the objective of policy components is to "update" or expand on... more »

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Implement E-Mail Correspondence for Appointments

We currently send out letters whenever someone calls to make an appointment to file for retirement, disability, etc.

Although there has been more of an emphasis to encourage customers to file online when they call, why can we not ask for an email address and avoid having to send out paper letters?

The cost savings of not having to mail out letters would be tremendous! At the time when we have a caller on the phone,... more »

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REPLACE POSTER PRINTING WITH FLAT LED SCREENS!

Whenever the agency components need to give the heads up on an upcoming event, or when there is an announcement that requires attention, SSA (as an example), has analysts (contractors), that create the poster digitally and then sends them to the printing office. The Posters are then picked up and distributed, causing a lot of manual power and a lot of garbage as they are thrown out after the event takes place or announcement... more »

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Ask callers if we can send documents/brochures electronically

When we receive calls via the toll free number or at an SSA office, we send out a paper letter, reminding them of their appointment time if they made an appointment. In other instances, we send out big paper booklets providing information with close out letters. Why not ask the caller to provide an email address as an alternative, and they can receive the information via email instead? We can save on mailing costs and... more »

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Make Private Representatives Accountable at the Hearing Level

When represenatives of claimants (at the hearing level) submit medical evidence within seven days of the hearing, those medical records must be sent to contracted medical experts scheduled to testify at the hearing by FedEx. The cost of the delivery of those last minute additions to the record to the Medical or Vocational Expert is absorbed by the Agency and also places unwarrented workload strains on an already tight... more »

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Responsible Pain Free step toward Social Security Solvency

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Under current rules when a person is approved for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits they are automatically scheduled for a medical review in 3, 5, or 7 years. As an agency we save $7 dollars for every $1 we spend completing such reviews. Even knowing this fact, these reviews are often the first thing deferred or eliminated when budget cuts are made allowing individuals with... more »

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