Two Florida women who had been claims representatives for the Social Security Administration have been charged with taking bribes for expediting or somehow modifying the process for obtaining Social Security benefits. Most of my readers know this but claims reps have no ability to approve or disapprove a disability claim and this may not have even involved disability benefits anyway. Claims reps are important in the process but they have little discretion. I don't understand how they could have modified the process for obtaining benefits in any meaningful way. I don't know why anyone would have been tempted to bribe a claims rep.