Aug 30, 2017

Acting Commissioner's Broadcast E-Mail

From: ^Commissioner Broadcast
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:40 PM
Subject: Hurricane Harvey Update

A Message to All SSA and DDS Employees

Subject: Hurricane Harvey Update

Most of you know that the Dallas region is still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey.   Harvey is now affecting both Texas and Louisiana.

Forecasters expect strong winds, heavy rain, flooding, and power outages to continue in both states.

Again, all of our SSA and DDS employees are safe and accounted for.  Offices in the Houston area will remain closed this week.  We are assessing damages to some of our local offices.

I’ve heard your concerns for all those impacted by this natural disaster, and especially for our claimants who are in harm’s way.  I offer the following information:

  • How you can help—we are awaiting word from the Office of Personnel Management about a special solicitation for Hurricane Harvey relief.  We will provide that information as soon as we have it.
  • September 1 payments—we are working closely with the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure scheduled payments arrive on time.  We will provide additional information regarding emergency payments soon.

Please keep your colleagues and their families who are struggling in your thoughts and prayers.

Nancy A. Berryhill
Acting Commissioner


Anonymous said...

Not sure if I read this right. Is Berryhill actually asking for solicitations from SSA employees specifically for Hurricane Harvey relief?

This would be kind of embarrassing considering:
1. there has been a hiring freeze since around February 2016 making their workload more daunting.
2. Pretty sure most SSA and DDS employees have not gotten significant raise since February 2016.

Was wondering if somehow these donations will be associated coming from the SSA giving them some kind of credibility in the U.S. Government. Shameful.

Anonymous said...

most employees want to help in any would be a challenging but likely rewarding experience...why so negative? anyone who joins government work only for pay is a fool, compensation is solid but i am not sure who joins strictly for pay....

Anonymous 42 said...

the solicitation was for donating leave to affected employees