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March 20, 2021 - Yahoo News

Trump-appointed Social Security Administration officials test Biden's ability to forge new agenda

By Brittany Shepherd

https://news.yahoo.com/trump-appointed-social-security-administration-officials-test-bidens-ability-to-forge-new-agenda-090005885.html


March 15, 2021 - Government Executive 

Unions Dog SSA Leadership over Perceived Inaction on Workforce Order

By Erich Wagner

https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/03/unions-dog-ssa-leadership-over-perceived-inaction-workforce-order/172687/


March 8, 2021 - Government Executive

House Democrats Join Chorus Calling for Changes at Social Security

https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/03/house-democrats-join-chorus-calling-changes-social-security/172523/


March 5, 2021 - Press Release

LARSON, DAVIS, PASCRELL CALL FOR REMOVAL OF SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER AND DEPUTY COMMISSIONER

https://waysandmeans.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/larson-davis-pascrell-call-removal-social-security-commissioner-and


March 5, 2021 - Government Executive

OPM Instructs Agencies to Reopen Trump-era Union Contracts

https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/03/opm-instructs-agencies-reopen-trump-era-union-contracts/172485/


February 25, 2021 - HuffPost

Social Security Boss Canceled Telework For Others But Wouldn’t Come To The Office

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/andrew-saul-social-security_n_6036af29c5b69253191ac024


February 22, 2021 - Government Executive

Union Announces 'Boldest Agenda' Yet to Strengthen Federal Employee Rights, Pay and Benefits

https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/02/union-announces-boldest-agenda-yet-strengthen-federal-employee-rights-pay-and-benefits/172217/


February 19, 2021 - Government Executive

Key Senator Lends Support to Effort to Oust Social Security Leadership

https://www.govexec.com/management/2021/02/key-senator-lends-support-effort-oust-social-security-leadership/172170/


For Immediate Release

Friday, February 19, 2021

Contact: Trudy Perkins/Rachael Hartford

(202) 224-3978

 BROWN ANNOUNCES CHAIRMANSHIP OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND PENSIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, CALLS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER AND HIS DEPUTY TO GO

 Brown Announces Chairmanship of Social Security and Pensions Subcommittee, Calls for Social Security Commissioner and His Deputy To Go

Saul and Black Were Key Architects of Trump Agenda to Destroy Social Security

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that he is assuming the Chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy. This is the key Finance subcommittee with the responsibility to protect and expand Social Security, address the insolvency of the multiemployer pension system, provide paid family and medical leave to America’s workers, and more.

 In his first act as Chair of the Subcommittee, Brown called for the immediate replacement of Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul and Deputy Commissioner David Black. Saul and Black were key agents of the Trump agenda to systematically dismantle Social Security.

 “Saul and Black are incapable of carrying out Democrats’ vision of protecting and expanding Social Security,” said Brown. “As agents of the Trump Social Security agenda, they cut the benefits that hardworking Americans have earned, attacked the Social Security Administration's employees, denied beneficiaries due process, and needlessly increased disability reviews during the COVID-19 pandemic. No one has been safe from their path of destruction.”

 “Every current and future Social Security beneficiary is fortunate to have Senator Brown, a longtime Social Security champion, looking out for our interests as the chair of this critical subcommittee” said Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works. “Senator Brown is wisely calling for the immediate replacement of Commissioner Saul and Deputy Commissioner Black, who have spent years waging war on Social Security beneficiaries and the SSA workforce. We look forward to working with Senator Brown to protect and expand our Social Security system.”

 Saul and Black spent their time at the Social Security Administration implementing Trump’s amoral agenda for Social Security, including regulations that:

 ·       Make it even harder for older, severely disabled people to access the essential income they’re qualified to receive.  

·       Deny disability benefits for older, severely disabled people who are not fluent in English, resulting in an estimated 100,000 people being denied more than $5 billion in benefits.

·       Dramatically reduces due process protections for benefit appeals hearings by allowing SSA agency attorneys, instead of Administrative Law Judges, to preside over appeals hearings.

·       Provide beneficiaries with almost no relief from harsh requirements to repay extra benefits paid due to SSA action during the COVID-19 pandemic, through no fault of the individual.

·       Would throw people off benefits by significantly increasing the number of disability case reviews resulting in an estimated $2.6 billion in benefit cutoffs.

 Saul and Black also routinely attacked federal employees by forcing harsh union contracts that strip employees of their rights, vigorously enforced Trump’s anti-union Executive Orders and eliminated telework for employees.

https://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-chairman-social-security-pensions-subcommittee


January 12, 2021 - Media Advisory: Unions, Advocates to Hold Press Conference Calling on Joe Biden to Clean House at the Social Security Administration on Day One

https://socialsecurityworks.org/2021/01/11/unions-advocates-to-hold-press-conference-calling-on-joe-biden-to-clean-house-at-the-social-security-administration-on-day-one/?fbclid=IwAR1MdrRxcO3FyR9HNasqEwvxdxGYOhDnD__Uy6ruY7czTYUwGH_hBT1_HB8


December 18, 2020 - Washington Post

Some groups want Biden to fire Trump’s Social Security commissioner. That’s not easy to do.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-social-security-ssa-biden/2020/12/17/28483610-40b2-11eb-a402-fba110db3b42_story.html


December 9, 2020 - Federal Times

Social Security leaders receive double ‘no confidence’ votes

https://www.federaltimes.com/management/leadership/2020/12/09/social-security-leaders-receive-double-no-confidence-votes/


November 25, 2020 - Federal News Network Op-Ed

Biden appointments should prioritize workplace protections, employee relations

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/commentary/2020/11/biden-appointments-should-prioritize-workplace-protections-employee-relations/


August 21, 2020 - Federal News Network

SSA will continue telework, appointment-only services for ‘extended time’

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2020/08/ssa-will-continue-telework-appointment-only-services-for-extended-time/


August 19, 2020 - Government Executive

Union: Social Security Is Withholding Information and Refusing to Bargain as Some Employees Return to Offices

https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/08/union-social-security-withholding-information-and-refusing-bargain-some-employees-return-offices/167834/


August 18, 2020 - Federal News Network

Unclear how many SSA employees are gradually returning to their offices, union says

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2020/08/unclear-how-many-ssa-employees-are-gradually-returning-to-their-offices-union-says/


July 7, 2020 - Federal News Network

SSA remains quiet on reopening after 4 months of employee telework

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2020/07/ssa-remains-quiet-on-reopening-after-4-months-of-employee-telework/


June 8, 2020 - Federal News Network

Unions still see problems with emergency paid sick leave at SSA, VA 

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2020/06/unions-still-see-problems-with-emergency-paid-sick-leave-at-ssa-va/


June 3, 2020 - Federal News Network

Telecommuting works – just ask returning feds!

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/commentary/2020/06/telecommuting-works-just-ask-returning-feds/


May 8, 2020 - Bloomberg Law

Return to Office? How About Never, Social Security Union Says

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/return-to-office-how-about-never-social-security-union-says


May 5, 2020 - NPR

For These Federal Employees, Telework Means Productivity Is Up, Their Backlog Is Down

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/05/850106772/for-these-federal-employees-telework-means-productivity-is-up-their-backlog-is-d


May 4, 2020 - Federal News Network

Employees say they’re still waiting for SSA to implement emergency paid sick leave benefits

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2020/05/employees-say-theyre-still-waiting-for-ssa-to-implement-emergency-paid-sick-leave-benefits/


April 22, 2020 - Baltimore Sun

Commentary - Social Security Administration needs to make telework a priority even after coronavirus

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0423-social-security-telework-20200422-t3nu7c2e7narjboiogdqxj7sna-story.html


March 20, 2020 - Government Executive

Social Security Institutes Fulltime Telework for Most Employees

https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/03/social-security-institutes-fulltime-telework-most-employees/163979/


March 18, 2020 - NPR

Federal Employees Demand More Telework Capacity, As Personnel Management Head Quits

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/18/817934545/federal-employees-demand-more-telework-capacity-as-personnel-management-head-qui


March 17, 2020 - Propublica

The CDC Recommends Americans Stay at Home — Unless They Work for the CDC

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-cdc-recommends-americans-stay-at-home-unless-they-work-for-the-cdc


March 13, 2020 - Letter to SSA from US Senate

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Press Social Security Administration on Telework Policies

https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/news/press-releases/van-hollen-cardin-brown-press-social-security-administration-on-telework-policies


January 30, 2020 - Federal News Network

Liver, licorice and Joe Buck, chihuahuas, cilantro and Gwenyth Paltrow — or teleworking: Name your poison

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/mike-causey-federal-report/2020/01/liver-licorice-and-joe-buck-chihuahuas-cilantro-and-gwenyth-paltrow-or-teleworking-name-your-poison/


January 28, 2020 - Baltimore Sun

Social Security Administration announces further changes to telework program

http://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/bs-hs-social-security-telework-20200128-rqwgobrytrbupn5veruirav3je-story.html


January 27, 2020 - Federal News Network

SSA announces more agencywide telework changes

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2020/01/ssa-announces-agency-wide-telework-changes/


January 27, 2020 - Government Executive

Social Security Announces More Telework Cuts

https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2020/01/social-security-announces-more-telework-cuts/162688/


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/


12-03-2019 - Federal News Network

Teleworking: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/mike-causey-federal-report/2019/12/teleworking-if-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it/


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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