Feb 17, 2016

Ironic, Isn't It?

     Social Security recently let slip the fact that they have a secret repository of precedents they use in deciding cases. Now, this comes out:

From: ^Internal Communications
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 1:01 PM
Subject: Help US Build SSA's Next Open Government Plan!
Importance: High

A Message To All SSA and DDS Employees
Subject: Help US Build SSA's Next Open Government Plan!

Since President Obama issued his Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government on his first day in office in 2009, Social Security has been steadfastly committed to ensuring that the work we do on behalf of the public is done openly and transparently. 
To achieve the goal of making our agency more open, we have published Open Government Plans every two years since 2010. We published our most recent Open Government Plan in June 2014. These plans lay out our strategies and commitments towards breaking down the barriers between our agency and the people we serve. To enrich and inform the actions of these past plans, we actively engaged employees, as well as stakeholders in the public and private sectors about their ideas and suggestions for strengthening our Open Government efforts. These engagements have been critical in creating our past plans, and will be even more critical as we craft the next one.

This June, SSA will be publishing our fourth Open Government Plan, and we encourage you to share your ideas on how we can improve our transparency, participation, and collaboration through our Open Government Plan 4.0 Feedback Process. Once there, you can review our last Open Government Plan and participate in the conversation.

Your input will be vital as we prepare this updated plan. By advancing efforts to operate more transparently, encourage internal and external collaboration, and engage the public in the work we do, we are will advance our mission of delivering Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public.

Ruby Burrell
Chief Strategic Officer
Performance Improvement Officer


Anonymous said...

If this isn't the biggest bunch of "Bull" piled hip deep, I do not know what is!

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to get the SSA to see my paperwork since 1996. All I get are obstacles by every SSA employee I speak to & that goes for the congress people I've tried to talk to for the last 15 years.
If anything it appears that the SSA is worse than previous years, that they are downright ruthless in their obscurity. Why aren't they willing to be transparent leaves me to think, that they have much to hide & it would be to their huge detriment to be transparent. There's something going on in the SSA that is not kosher at all.
I just don't know what else to do. I'm still waiting for a phone call from the congress member's office & it's been over a year & a half even though I keep calling & they keep saying they will call me back & don't. They too are complicit in the total lack of transparency.