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Feb 18, 2010

Concerns From The Field

From the minutes of a conference call of the Executive Committee of the National Council of Social Security Management Associations (NCSSMA), an organization of Social Security management personnel:
  • FO [Field Office] phones are still a problem and we need additional staffing for that.
  • DDSs [Disability Determination Services] are releasing a lot of appeals to the FO which require back-end work.
  • RZ/LI [two different types of post-eligibility reviews of Supplemental Security Income non-medical factors] goals difficult to meet.
  • Walk-in visitors are very high. Waiting times are also up because resources are going to answering the phones.
  • The Field is the “start and finish” of all processes, yet other components seem to be getting the staffing.
  • iClaims [claims filed over the Internet] have significantly increased.
  • Overall quality is a concern.
  • Employees are stressed out, burned out, and in some cases don’t want to work any more OT.
  • Concerns that SDW [Special Decisional Workload, a project to clear up errors in payments of benefits that have resulted in huge underpayments of benefits to claimants; SDW cases are extraordinarily complicated and time consuming and can only be undertaken by the most experienced employees and they must have extensive training] workloads will be farmed back out to the FOs.
  • Cannot keep up with all the ePath [a web-based application that assists employees in completing certain SSA transactions, such as changes in mailing address, residence address, telephone number, and direct deposit] stand alone events coming from the TSCs [TeleService Centers].
  • Martinez [class action lawsuit on fugitive felons] settlement and ACB [American Council of the Blind -- a class action requiring Social Security to prepare Braille notices] special notices require FO resources.
  • Work CDR [Continuing Disability Review] goals and Internet goals difficult to meet.
  • Staffing increases at the TSCs should focus on areas that help the Field.

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  • 5 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    •Employees are stressed out, burned out, and in some cases don’t want to work any more OT.

    Sounds like termination to me

    5:28 PM, February 18, 2010  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Or, INCREASE STAFFING?

    7:28 PM, February 18, 2010  
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    9:44 PM, February 18, 2010  
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    9:49 PM, February 18, 2010  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Anon #2,

    Will you please stop posting a perfectly logical solution. It seems to have the natives' panties in a twist.

    2:43 PM, February 19, 2010  

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