Outlook for SSA and disability case processing grim
The article linked at the bottom of the page is, of course, fairly depressing. Here are some of the main informational points expressed.
1. It now takes, on average, about 523 days for a disability hearing decision.
2. There are 78 million baby boomers, the first group of which will be applying for retirement benefits next year. This will place an additional strain on the social security administration.
3. The social security administration, from fiscal year 2006 to fiscal year 2007, will lose about four thousand positions. 2500 of these lost positions will be field office positions. SSA will also be left at its lowest staffing levels since the 1970s.
4. The social security administration has been consistently underfunded and since 2001 actual funding has fallen, on average , about 150 million short of actual budget requests.
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