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Just Get Rid of Dual Entitlement

As it is now, if someone is both entitled on their own record and as an auxiliary (spouse/widow/child) on another record, we pay them the larger amount but just say that it's combined, and pay it on the beneficiary's own SSN.

There is no point to these semantics. The trust fund is not a bank account, wherein you were saving for later. You are paying now for the people collecting benefits now, and you hope someone can... more »

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Require Attorney Reps charging a fee to utilize online services

Require attorney representatives who are charging those applying for Social Security benefits a fee for services to utilize online services for filing new claims and appeals including entering all medical information on internet disability reports and completing online applications and requests for appeals. The paper forms that are mailed in by these attorneys must be transcribed by an SSA representative upon receipt.... more »

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Double or triple facilities use

Government facilities are generally used only 1/3 of the day, wasting resources and possibly rents paid.

Offices serving the public, such as VA Medical Centers and Social Security, could easily double their use. If workdays were adjusted to 6am to 2:30 PM, and 2:30 PM to 11PM, each facility could double its use. Some facilities would become redundant and could be closed.

Equipment would also be shared amongst different... more »

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Adopt IRS concepts to prevent welfare fraud

Supplemental Security Income and other needs based programs are based on the worthy public policy of ensuring that truly needy individuals have some of their basic needs taken care of and to have some dignity in their lives.

However, some people violate the spirit of the law while meeting the letter of the law in establishing their neediness. A large amount of money is lost to individuals who transfer all of their wealth... more »

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Termination of benefits

When either a T2 or SSI beneficiary is incarcerated, benefits are suspended. After being in suspense for 12 consecutive months, the SSI claim is terminated and when released the claimant must file a new claim and SSA obtains a new medical decision. Often times the medical review diary for the claimant had not expired during the incarceration period. If the claimant had not come up for medical review, why can we not use... more »

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Lower Service Hours 9-1pm

We can handle and process work much more efficiently while keeping staff content/afloat by limiting the hours that we are open to the public. We should open offices from 9am to 1pm. By reducing the amount of time we are open, we can spend more time focusing on the backlogs we are piling up as a result of more walk in traffic (due to the economic depression), and to the high loss of employees to retirements.

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Claims Representative

Write a policy that lights should be turned off whenever a room is not in use, including the bathrooms. Post the policy in every room. Give reminders on Policynet as updates are emailed to the field offices and other components.

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Eliminate Overtime Pay

Many employees "extend" work hours if they are provided with the incentive of overtime pay. Because they essentially learn to rely on this extra pay, they work slower to ensure they are able to work overtime hours. By eliminating overtime and keeping employees at salaries, the work would be much more efficiently handled. Trust me on this one, after many years working at different offices in operations and having spoken... more »

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Eliminate the Expedite Reinstatement Process.

Most of the cases for Expedite Reinstatement cases involve overpayments due to the fact that the work activity was not reported timely. I have seen overpayments as high as $80,000.00 due to work activity. We still pay the beneficiary six months checks pending a new decision. We should at least use the provisional payments toward collection of the past due overpayment. It appears that our Agency has resorted to being... more »

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Eliminate retroactivity on Title 2 Disability

The retroactivity of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits should be stopped. Moving forward, once a claimant contact SSA and a protective filling is created, that should be the earliest they should be paid. This will reduce development of work at the front end (saving money in developmental issues), as well as help prevent overpayments that are usually not uncovered for several years when a work CDR discovers... more »

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Flat Rate for LA C beneficiaries on SSI

Create a "LA C" living arrangement flat amount for SSI beneficiaries. I suggest that amount should be $224.66. We have a flat amount for LA B AND LA D AND A MAX AMOUNT FOR LA A. We can save a lot of money for "LA C" living arrangement. LA C beneficiaries are children living in the household of their parents. Kids should only get Medicaid but the LA C special rate would allow them to receive a small payment. Parents are... more »

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Government Cell Phone Usage

Government cell phone usage for NASA employees should be limited to Directors, Deputy Directors and Project Managers at the SES level only. They should not be given to GS-15 scale and below, they should only be given to SES personnel only. That would provide over the long haul a significant savings.

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Unified Labor Account

Implement a single charge code for all civil servant labor so that projects no longer have to manage/track civil servant labor expenditures. Travel, procurement, and contractor costs should still be tracked as usual. After all, the civil servant workforce will get paid regardless. Why should projects spend precious time and money tracking this labor category? This topic alone consumes considerable time and effort... more »

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