Social Security Employee

Social Security Employee

Government Peon

Metropolis, US

Female, 45

Sorry about that hiatus - I got sidetracked in life, but I'm back!
I work in the largest Social Security office in my area, working primarily with disabled individuals, but I have my hands in all aspects of what our agency does. Retirement, disability, survivors, SSN cards, the whole shebang.
I love what I do, and do my best to juggle the work which is far too much for one person to complete. I work with other hard workers, and some who are just taking up space.

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Last Answer on May 25, 2013

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How does social security get notified when someone dies?

Asked by Garcia over 11 years ago

Again, sorry for the long wait for an answer!

In my office, all of the area funeral homes fax over a form called an SSA-721 Funeral Director's Notification of Death on everyone who comes through their doors. 
Other times, people call in and let us know that their family members have died - if they were receiving benefits, we suspend them until we have actual proof. 

Will social security even exist when I'm old? (I'm 28 now.)

Asked by J.M.D. almost 12 years ago

I honestly cannot answer that. It all depends on the choices our elected officials make between now and then. Err on the side of caution and assume not. Start saving for retirement NOW. Even if it's alive and kicking, it is only meant to supplement retirement, few can actually live comfortably on it. I'll get to the other pending questions when I can spend a few minutes at my home computer - typing the answers is really tedious on this little phone Thanks for the questions!

Let's say I'm a construction worker and I break my arm so severely that I'll never be able to work construction again. Am I entitled to disability for life, or is there a time limit?

Asked by shane over 11 years ago

First of all, you're not necessarily entitled to disability at all; this is one of the biggest misunderstandings in my opinion. Assuming you've been paying SS taxes and are eligible by non-medical standards, they will then evaluate your case by looking at multiple factors: age, education, and work history. 

You may never be able to work construction again, but based on your background, you may reasonably be expected to work a desk job. Another person may not have that same history, and their case may be decided differently. 

Example - I took a claim from a 26 year old hairdresser who had to have one of her hands amputated - pretty difficult to style hair one-handed! She was denied based on the fact that she had a basic college education and it was reasonably plausible for her to 'start over' at her age. 

 

Is there a process to revoke SSI entitlements handed out to charlatans, criminals and other dregs abusing the system? If so, how does it work?

Asked by Local cop almost 12 years ago

In a word, yes. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how the whole process works. If we become aware of a potentially fraudulent situation, it is not something that is dealt with in the local Field Office. We make a referral to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) whenever we suspect fraud. They have detectives who investigate the allegations and pursue criminal charges when appropriate!

What was the most egregious attempt at disability fraud you ever saw? Like, someone who was just in no way disabled but tried to get away with it anyway.

Asked by slowgrind almost 12 years ago

I thought and thought and thought about this, then forgot about Jobstr and just now spent 15 minutes trying to remember my login, which email address I used, etc. 

I still don't have an answer. I find all of it fairly appalling - people stealing from their fellow man is reprehensible! 

One I recently heard about a woman who receives disability, her kids receive SSI (kid's welfare disability), she was working part time, getting paid by the State for being her mother's PCA - it turns out that she wasn't even living in the same state as her mother. They were both charged with multiple counts of fraud against not only SSA but the individual states as well as Medicaid fraud.

Did you see this article about Hale County, AL, where literally 1 in 4 working-age adults is on disability? Does this just make your blood boil?
http://apps.npr.org/unfit-for-work/

Asked by yikes about 11 years ago

I hadn't seen it, but I'm not surprised! This is why we're going to be bankrupt eventually! Some days it seems like I PERSONALLY have taken a disability claim from every adult in the area at least 3 times!

The one that bugs me the most is the young adults filing for depression other (usually) very manageable mental illnesses.

Don't you find it hypocritical for Republicans to decry Obama's "socialist" agenda when things like social security, Medicare, ER treatment, and public schools are ALL basically socialized. I consider myself an independent, but that really annoys me.

Asked by Brynn over 11 years ago

I hear you - I'm pretty heavily conservative myself... if you think about it, most of todays Republicans are more liberal than the Dems of old!!