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Section 10 Grievance - SSA wide security breach

January 24, 2020 - AFGE Council 220 filed the attached Section 10 grievance today regarding an agency wide security breach alleging the agency hasn't been following its own rules
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Download: Agency Wide Security Violaton Section 10 Council 220.pdf

Op-Ed: Morale low at Social Security Administration amid Trump administration changes

January 6, 2020 - Baltimore Sun Op-Ed: Morale low at Social Security Administration amid Trump administration changes https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0107-social-security-20200106-sk52eneu2rgj5hjtsdcxt6uxc4-story.
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Baltimore Sun: Maryland senators urging Social Security to reinstate telework program

December 18, 2019 - Baltimore Sun Maryland senators urging Social Security to reinstate telework program
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Government Executive: Democratic Senators Urge Social Security to Restore Telework

https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/12/democratic-senators-urge-social-security-restore-telework/161774/ By Erich Wagner  December 9, 2019            Lawmakers ask the agency to reconsider its decision to end a 6-year-old pilot program, citing concerns about the burden it places on employees and productivity.
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Federal News Network: Ticking telework timebomb

By Mike Causey | @mcauseyWFED November 26, 2019 1:00 am  If there is an electrified third-rail within the nation’s largest employer, Uncle Sam Inc., it is teleworking.
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Field Offices To Open To Public On Saturdays?

From the Social Security News Blog
https://socsecnews.blogspot.com/2019/12/field-offices-to-open-to-public-on.html

I'm hearing that Social Security Commissioner Saul is considering opening his agency's field offices to the public on Saturdays. Nothing is definite yet. This comes on the heels of a recent decision to keep the field offices open Wednesday afternoons.
     I represent claimants before the Social Security Administration. I am extremely concerned about the level of service the agency delivers. If I thought this would help, I'd applaud it. However, I know it's going to have the opposite effect. Field office staff was already stretched almost to the breaking point before the decision to keep the offices open Wednesday afternoons. There is now no time for field office staff to deal with complicated time-consuming tasks because they're on a treadmill dealing with customers who want to be seen. You make the problem worse if you open the field offices on Saturdays. Opening the offices on Saturdays would be great for service if the agency had plenty of staff. With severe staff shortages, it can only hurt service.
     It concerns me that many field office employees are eligible to retire. How will they react to being forced to come in on Saturdays to deal with claimants? My guess is that a significant number will decide to retire. Those experienced employees are the very ones who are most productive. A wave of retirements even if immediately replaced with new employees will mean worse service because the new employees won't be as productive and will make many mistakes.
     It bothers me that the Commissioner seems to know little about what goes on in the field offices and isn't listening to those who do. Please go out of your office, Mr. Saul, and talk with field office personnel. Let them show you what they do all day.

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AFGE Council 220 in the News

January 12, 2020 - Washington Post

As remote work rises at U.S. companies, Trump is calling federal employees back to the office

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-remote-work-rises-at-us-companies-trump-is-calling-federal-employees-back-to-the-office/2020/01/12/37aad040-2d80-11ea-9b60-817cc18cf173_story.html


January 13, 2020 - Baltimore Sun

Trump administration’s approach to telework old school and irrational | COMMENTARY

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0114-telework-federal-government-20200113-42f2woyl6rbk7ithewxkm53roq-story.html


January 6, 2020 - Baltimore Sun

Op-Ed: Morale low at Social Security Administration amid Trump administration changes

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0107-social-security-20200106-sk52eneu2rgj5hjtsdcxt6uxc4-story.html


December 18, 2019 - Baltimore Sun

Maryland senators urging Social Security to reinstate telework program

https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-ssa-telework-program-20191218-ikc4oh2z5veavd65t36gevqmzq-story.html


December 9, 2019 - Government Executive

Democratic Senators Urge Social Security to Restore Telework

https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/12/democratic-senators-urge-social-security-restore-telework/161774/


November 25, 2019 - The Chief

Social Security Ends Its Telecommuting Program

https://thechiefleader.com/news/news_of_the_week/social-security-ends-its-telecommuting-program/article_0546dd5a-0bd5-11ea-8630-b314deb168d9.html


November 22, 2019 - WBALTV11

Employees, union react to Social Security Administration ending telework program

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/reaction-from-employees-over-social-security-administration-ending-telework-program/29895440#


November 22, 2019 - Federal News Network

Bargaining roundup: Trends emerge as unions, agencies grapple with workforce EOs

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/unions/2019/11/bargaining-roundup-trends-emerge-as-unions-agencies-grapple-with-workforce-eos/


November 7, 2019 - Government Executive

Social Security’s Justification for Ending Telework Pilot Doesn’t Add Up

https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/11/social-securitys-justification-ending-telework-doesnt-add/161167/


October 29, 2019 - Federal News Network

SSA ends telework program for operations employees, citing need to focus on customer service

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2019/10/ssa-ends-telework-program-for-operations-employees-citing-need-to-focus-on-customer-service/

 
 
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