It used to be that if you wanted to get information, particularly information regarding government programs, you likely had to drive to the nearest branch office (which was likely not near enough to be convenient), wait in line, and ask several different people the same question (usually phrased a number of different ways) before you got anything that even remotely resembled assistance. And if the information you needed was to be delivered via a seminar, it meant that you had to carve time out of your schedule.Thankfully, those days are gone.
A little more than four years ago, the Social Security Administration (SSA) embarked on a mission to reduce the ever-increasing backlog of cases waiting to be heard on appeal. A newly-released study calls into question claims of success in this endeavor made by the SSA.
Effective June 1, 2011, the office in Great Falls, MT which has been used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for hearings has been closed. The closure means that people in the area who have filed an appeal for a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) case will now have to travel to other locations.
Until about a decade ago, most of us knew little about how much money we had contributed to the Social Security Administration (SSA). While our check stubs usually provided year-to-date totals, and our W-2 forms gave us the total amount for the entire calendar year, determining our lifetime contributions to the fund would have required detailed, long-term record keeping.