SSA Commissioner Testimony Before Congress About Disability

On March 20, 2012, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security about the SSA administered disability programs. These are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).   In his opening remarks, Commissioner Astrue said he would discuss “… how…
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What Are The Sources Of Retirement Income?

Across the country, what are the sources of retirement income? As part of its legislative directive, the Social Security Administration conducts different studies of income of the aged population on a national level. The March 2012 edition of one of these, “Income of the Aged Chartbook, 2010” became available online a few days ago at…
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Where Is My Social Security Office?

Q: I am moving out of state soon. How do I find the correct Social Security office to get my address changed? Should I contact the office where I used to live or the one closest to where I’m moving?   A: Keep your mailing address current even if not changing your bank information. If changing…
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Working While Retired – More About The Annual Earnings Test

I wrote about the annual earnings test, also called the retirement test, in February. Today I will answer earnings test questions from recent pre-retirement seminars.   The earnings test concerns how earnings from employment in a calendar year might affect your SSA retirement payable for that year.  Dollar amounts of the earnings test usually change each…
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Social Security & OIG

I was asked if the Social Security Administration has an investigative component.  Yes, it does.   A component of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is under the general supervision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. OIG can initiate and carry out any audit or investigation to accomplish its mission “… of promoting…
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