Funding For The Social Security Administration Uncertain, Are Longer Delays To Be Expected?
For fiscal year 2011, which began on October 1, 2010, the Social Security Administration is still waiting to find out what its funding will be for the rest of this year. While the government has been operating on the bases of continuing resolutions, and while we’re still waiting to see what happens regarding the budget and debt ceiling, the President has stated that the government will not operate on continuing resolutions.
Therefore, the Social Security Administration’s administrative budget may be reduced, and as a result, government personnel may have to be furloughed, leaving the agency short staffed resulting in cuts in critical services to the public. Federal Bills are pending to continue the operational features of the continuing resolutions; however, we do not know what will happen until the debt ceiling talks are concluded. It is however estimated that fewer retirement and Medicare applications will be completed, while over 300,000 people may not have their initial disability applications processed; 70,000 fewer hearings would be held at the Administrative Law Judge level, and there may also be a problem with funding cuts in the area of wage recording, missing checks researching, change of address and issuing new Social Security cards. These measures were reported in the NOSSCR National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives Forum journal in February. What happens currently with the debt ceiling, and whether or not it will be raised, will probably have a direct affect on entitlement reform.