The Agency is very good at providing information to those who need it, but I believe the delivery of that information could be improved upon. SSA has a YouTube channel, and It has plenty of well-organized information, but what it's lacking is that certain personable, even possibly entertaining value of delivery (and shorter video times). I'm not saying celebrity endorsements, which are costly, but rather a simple YouTuber ...more »
I want to know how in the world does social security believe that a person can feasibly live off of 740 a month? They use some standard to determine what acceptable amounts for the cost of living. Have they not realized how much rent is? I have two kids and I am a single mom. My rent is 600.00 a month not including utilities and other basic needs. So with my monthly benefit check being 740.00 how in the world can a person ...more »
It's more then vital that the data and info out there via the SSA in regards to individual representative payee's and such be updated to information more recent to the times. I do not know when the previous informational booklet for Representative payee's was made and printed but it leaves a lot to be desired. I do not know if the organizational payee's are given a whole lot more information and such but the individuals ...more »
I believe the 36 month by month work test/ limit (EPE)for disability beneficiaries should be eliminated! It is currently quite the bi polar type of arrangement. One month you're below the work/earnings limit and your local office tries to jump through hoops to get you a check. The next month you earn even one buck over the limit and you're the overpaid black sheep (aka-up the creek...) I was disabled last month but now ...more »
If someone has been in the U.S. of A. all their life adopted here, has an American birth certificate and at age 64 applied for their benefits, why not let them start receiving their money while SS does their investigation if they are really a citizen or not? They are not going to withhold their benefits from them anyway, so why hold it while they need to make this decision? They need to change how they do their investigations ...more »
When someone is applying for or being reviewed for SSI or SSD , the Social Security administration should be able to view the claimants social networking pages.
My legal first name is an initial, then my middle name is spelled out. . . example ( S Mary Smith). This is on my drivers license as well as my SS Card. I am unable to subscribe to the SS website to view my earnings statement. I get an error because it does not recognize me in the Social Security System. Can this be corrected/updated?
When processing a request for postponement from a claimant it is neccessary to know the pay status and how many previous postponement requests has been granted. To simplify this process, a pay status should be added to CPMS for each claimant next to the critical case status.
Currently Claims Representatives (CR) develop Redeterminations of Eligibility (RZ) when the form 8202 is not completed. These RZ interviews can be time consuming for the CR often taking up entire work days. The RZ is often frustating for the number holder (NH) and or Payee who may not be able to visit the office or contact the CR during normal business hours. As a result, many contact the 800# requesting extensions or ...more »
* location (not just address but lat/long as well)
* hours of operation
* holidays observed in that location
* services offered in that location
* contact information
* average/predicted wait times (see Wait Time idea)
I can see all kinds of uses for this data not only by civic hackers, but by big web companies too!
Right now, there is a burgeoning civic tech community that's taking advantage of the open data phenomenon to build new civic businesses and biz models.
The SSA can more readily tap this energy by using standards-based platform like Socrata or CKAN rather than building its own customized data portal.
On CHILD CASES, I wish we could add to the PH2E - Exh. list-CD to Rep or claimant, a form requesting school records like SSA 5665 or SSA - 5666 or other. This info, will save precious time prior hearing, including Medications, recent treatment, etc.