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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

March 15, 2021 - Government Executive 

Unions Dog SSA Leadership over Perceived Inaction on Workforce Order

By Erich Wagner

March 8, 2021 - Government Executive

House Democrats Join Chorus Calling for Changes at Social Security

March 5, 2021 - Press Release


March 5, 2021 - Government Executive

OPM Instructs Agencies to Reopen Trump-era Union Contracts

February 25, 2021 - HuffPost

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

February 22, 2021 - Government Executive

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

February 19, 2021 - Government Executive

Key Senator Lends Support to Effort to Oust Social Security Leadership

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

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.

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

December 18, 2020 - Washington Post

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

December 9, 2020 - Federal Times

Social Security leaders receive double ‘no confidence’ votes

November 25, 2020 - Federal News Network Op-Ed

Biden appointments should prioritize workplace protections, employee relations

August 21, 2020 - Federal News Network

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

August 18, 2020 - Federal News Network

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

June 8, 2020 - Federal News Network

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

June 3, 2020 - Federal News Network

Telecommuting works – just ask returning feds!

May 8, 2020 - Bloomberg Law

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

May 4, 2020 - Federal News Network

Employees say they’re 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

March 20, 2020 - Government Executive

Social Security Institutes Fulltime Telework for Most Employees

March 18, 2020 - NPR

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

March 17, 2020 - Propublica

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

January 30, 2020 - Federal News Network

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

January 27, 2020 - Federal News Network

SSA announces more agencywide telework changes

January 27, 2020 - Government Executive

Social Security Announces More Telework Cuts

January 12, 2020 - Washington Post

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

January 13, 2020 - Baltimore Sun

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

January 6, 2020 - Baltimore Sun

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

December 18, 2019 - Baltimore Sun

Maryland senators urging Social Security to reinstate telework program

December 9, 2019 - Government Executive

Democratic Senators Urge Social Security to Restore Telework

12-03-2019 - Federal News Network

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

November 25, 2019 - The Chief

Social Security Ends Its Telecommuting Program

November 22, 2019 - WBALTV11

Employees, union react to Social Security Administration ending telework program

November 22, 2019 - Federal News Network

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

October 29, 2019 - Federal News Network

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

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