SSA Commissioner Announces Agency’s Services Expansion
January 11, 2013
The Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner, Michael J. Astrue, announced the expansion of the SSA’s services last January 7, 2013 through the my Social Security account, reports said.
According to the published press release from the SSA website, my Social Security is an online-personalized account that may be used during the start of the employee’s working years up until the time he or she begins receiving Social Security benefits. read more
Post-retirement Trend Bound to Temporarily Cut Social Security Benefits
January 8, 2013
Los Angeles – The uncertain economy has apparently led to employment changes and post-retirement trends that can temporarily lessen retirees’ Social Security benefits, reports said.
The trends these days show that retirees are now returning to their former jobs as consultants or contract workers. One disadvantage, however, is the momentary reduction of their benefits due to their work earnings. read more
Looming Entitlement Drain Raises Concerns for Many Retiring Baby Boomers
January 4, 2013
Washington – The intensified talks to prevent the looming fiscal cliff has raised concerns towards the entitlement drain brought by the enormous number of retiring baby boomers, reports said.
This reaction is based on the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) warning last June. CBO stated that aging boomers would consume a "significant and sustained" benefits share from the Medicare, Social Security, and other long-term care services that are funded by Medicaid, the government’s health care program for poor U.S. citizens. read more
Chained CPI Plan Scrapped for Now, Legislators Say
December 2, 2013
Reports revealed that the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) proposal that Republican lawmakers are continuing to push in the fiscal cliff deal has been temporarily removed off the table.
According to a Federal Times report, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D, Maryland) told CNN last December 30 that “a big roadblock” was holding back the chained CPI issue, but it had been put aside for a while. read more
SSA Employee Reprimanded for Excessive Flatulence
December 27, 2012
Baltimore, Md. – A Social Security Administration (SSA) employee was formally reprimanded for passing gas too frequently in his Baltimore office, a news article from the website Smoking Gun said.
The 38-year-old Baltimore man was given a five-page reprimand letter, which included a log of representative dates and times when he was recorded “releasing the awful and unpleasant odor” in his office. read more
SSA Stops Weekly Visits to Red Bluff Contact Station
December 21, 2012
In its efforts to cut down on costs, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has discontinued weekly visits to the Red Bluff contact station since yesterday, December 20, 2012.
Instead, the SSA will continue to offer full service Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at its Redding office located at 2660 Park Marina Drive, Ste. A, Redding. read more
Retired College Prof Loses Benefits after SSA Mistakenly Lists Him Dead
December 19, 2012
Weatherford, Tex. – A 73-year-old man was deprived of his monthly social security payments after the Social Security Administration (SSA) erroneously listed him as deceased, creating another case of unwanted error in the agency’s Death Master List.
Reports said that Von Dunn, a retired college professor, apparently did not receive his November social security check after the SSA considered him dead. read more
Obama Proposes Lesser Inflation on Social Security, Other Gov’t Programs
December 18, 2012
Washington – President Barack Obama recently laid down a new proposal that aims to adopt a lesser inflation measure to Social Security and other government programs, reports said.
The news came following a 45-minute closed-door meeting between the President and House Speaker John Boehner held at the White House Monday. read more...
931 Ambulance Patients Robbed of SS Number, Personal Info
Berkeley – No less than 931 Berkeley patients who rode city ambulances were apparently robbed of their Social Security numbers, names, and birth dates, reports said.
The suspect was identified as a female Florida resident. Investigators believe she may have used such information to file fake federal tax returns. read more...
Suspect Arrested for Tax Returns, Claim Refunds Scam
Oakland – A female Hayward resident was arrested early Tuesday for her involvement in a scam that defrauded the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through falsified tax returns and claim refunds, reports said.
The United States attorney’s office identified the suspect as Latasha Ringo. She reportedly recruited taxpayers into the scheme with the help of several conspirators. They made W-2 forms, which claimed fake employment and tax withholdings. read more...
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