A recent FCW article
Contributed by a former SSA Claims rep
A recent article posted on FCWCOM shed some light on the growing Social Security disability backlog dilemma. The article went on to state that although Social Security had made some initial progress in reducing the Social Security backlog, it would soon fall behind due to the onslaught of baby boomers applying for disability if more resources were not appropriated.
According to the Office of Government Accountability, one of the fundamental problems with Social Security is that it is grounded in management style that worked in the 1930’s and 1950’s. Consequently, there are serious systematic problems that will not be changed by hiring a few more administrative law judges (money was recently appropriated by Congress to hire administrative law judges).
In fact, the GAO suggests that disability claims are occurring earlier and are more complex that ever before due to a significant increase in mental disability applications.
Comptroller David Walker goes on to say that disability claims have risen over forty two percent in the last ten years. Currently, there are about 750,000 disability claims waiting for a decision, and many of those individuals have waited two years or more for a decision.
to be continued on the next post
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