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SSA Preliminary Reopening Plan Announced

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) draft plan for starting to reopen was recently published – click here to read it.  This “pre-decisional” document is not necessarily final, and it leaves a lot of questions unanswered. We know that senior SSA staff will begin to return to in-person work on December 1, 2021, with most other…

Alert: Appointed Representative Services (ARS) Hearing Office Status Report Issue

The Appointed Representative Services (ARS) Hearing Office provided NOSSCR this status report on Monday, November 22, from the Social Security Administration (SSA): “Over the weekend a change made to our case processing system caused an issue with ARS. The Hearing Office Status Report is currently unavailable for appointed representatives. We are actively working to resolve…

Remembering Veterans from the US Territories this Veterans Day

Author’s Note: I write these words as a testament in dedication to my father, Pedro J. Cruz-Cruz, a Korean War Era Veteran, and to my more than 15 cousins from Puerto Rico or Puerto Rican origin who have served or are serving in the military, with passion and conviction for the preservation of our freedom…

Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of the exclusion of SSI to residents of Puerto Rico

On Tuesday, November 9, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in the case of United States v. Vaello-Madero. This case began after the federal government filed suit against Jose Luis Vaello Madero to recover $28k in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits paid to him after he moved from New…

Member Spotlight: Michael Liner, Esq.

In Social Security disability law, it’s a poorly kept secret that a dwindling number of younger attorneys are entering the field. Michael Liner is a notable exception; after just two years of working at another firm, he opened his own practice that now has branches throughout Ohio. “I’m nervous that if we don’t replenish with…

Five months is too long. 12 years is too long. We need the Social Security 2100 Act now.

NOSSCR supports the reintroduction of the Social Security 2100 legislation. This important legislation ensures the modernization of the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the future solvency of the program. NOSSCR is especially pleased that the bill addresses NOSSCR’s top legislative priorities, increasing the fee cap for claimants’ representatives and ending the five-month wait before claimants…

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