Social Security Administrators Sandbagging Disability Cases To Boost Performance, Win Raises And Promotions

Federal bureaucrats would never delay service to taxpayers in order to line their own pockets, would they?

Managers in the Social Security Administration, struggling to handle a skyrocketing number of disability cases, had an unusual request for their workers this week: slow down.

Social Security judges and employees in Florida, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Arizona were among those instructed to set aside disability cases this week, with the slowdown allowing managers to boost their performance numbers for the coming fiscal year, which starts Monday.

Top officials, in a bid to meet goals to win promotions or thousands of dollars in bonuses, directed many employees to refrain from issuing decisions on cases until next week, according to judges and union officials. This likely would delay benefits paid to thousands of Americans with pending applications, many of whom are financially needy and have waited for a government decision for more than a year.

The directive stemmed from a wrinkle in the federal calendar, in which this week fell between the federal government’s 2011 and 2012 fiscal years. This happens every five or six years, as officials are allowed to count just 52 weeks in their calendar. Counting this week would make the current fiscal year 53 weeks long. That meant any applications for disability benefits completed between Monday and Friday wouldn’t count toward the annual numerical targets set for Social Security judges or field offices.

Your tax dollars, hard at work.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Bat One

    Americans need to take a long, hard, careful look at this.  Because what’s going on today with Social Security disability cases under Obama, is exactly what we can expect in the field of healthcare if we don’t kill the Lernaean Hydra that is Obamacare.

    • Neiman

      Look to Britain for coming attractions. They are adopting a cost/benefit analysis for people, even saying now that giving cancer drugs that may only extend life a few years is too costly and provides no social benefit. We are now looking at cost versus benefit for every federal and state program and the decisions are made by bureaucrats. In this case, it should be criminal to manipulate the system for personal gains of any type, but it is what they are supposed to do, according to prevailing beliefs.

      • Bat One

        The same Obama regime that can’t do a cost-benefit analysis when it comes to an already failed solar panel company, or so-called “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, now wants to do the very same sort of cost-benefit analysis when it comes to people’s lives and livelihood.

        WTF’s wrong with this picture?

        • robert108

          Liberals hate cost/benefit analysis when it comes to business, but love it when it allows them to ration healthcare.  Go figure.

          • Bat One

            To understand we must first recognize that liberals have no idea what wealth or money are… or what the difference is.

          • ellinas1

            Nah! You don’t say.
            You ain’t shitting me now, are you?

      • Camsaure

        Once again the progressive liberals are doing exactly what the nazis did. And they try to call conservatives nazis.

      • robert108

        The cost/benefit analysis with govt programs should be done BEFORE they are enacted, not afterward when it comes to dispensing the “benefits”.

        • Neiman

          Why are you arguing with me? I NEVER argued before or after or whatever the hell you are talking about.

          • robert108

            I was making a point.  Paranoid much?  Do you agree or disagree?  Try to be honest.

          • Neiman

            BEFORE, even though that had nothing to do with the point I was making.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Chicago style politics

  • mikemc1970

    Oh boy! I can’t wait for them to run my health care.