Monday, May 07, 2007

Social Security Disability SSI Programs Need More Judges

This article at VA watch dog points to a reality I've referenced a number of times in various posts of this blog, which is simply this: the social security administration needs more warm bodies to adequately handle the job of adjudicating social security disability and SSI disability applications and disability appeals.

Those warm bodies include disability examiners, hearing office clerks, field office (social security office) staff such as SRs and CRs. And it includes judges as well.

The article is linked below. As an aside, I'll mention that I was driving to the store a couple of days ago and I wound up behind a car with a bumper sticker I hadn't seen before. It stated that the government philosophy of fixing things was "If it aint't broke, fix it till it is".

This reminded me, of course, of DSI, which is the former SSA commissioner's disability service improvement initiative. Don't get me wrong. There is much to be fixed with the federal disability system, but the Barnhart plan really didn't address the core problems and, instead, tried to address the issue of backlogs with a new-glued-on level of bureaucracy and also institutional changes that, in some respects, just didn't make any sense and in other respects didn't seem advantageous to social security disability and ssi claimants.

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