Coalition Calls For More SSA Funding

The American Federation of Government Employees and advocacy groups representing progressives and senior citizens called on Congress Tuesday to increase funding for the Social Security Administration and to pass legislation that would give lawmakers greater oversight of the agency’s staff levels, office closures and budgets.
“In fiscal 2008, we received a slight increase over the president’s budget, but the previous 10 years, Congress appropriated less than the president asked for, and the president asked for less than what we need to service the country,” AFGE Council of Social Security Administration Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski said. “Our staffing levels are the lowest they’ve been since 1972; we have slipped below 60,000 employees.”
SSA officials did not return requests for comment Tuesday afternoon. See article here:

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