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Statement on Intent to Nominate Gov. O’Malley as Commissioner of Social Security

  August 2, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tod Didier Phone: 202-845-8631 Email: tod.didier@nosscr.org Statement on Intent to Nominate Gov. O’Malley as Commissioner of Social Security  August 2, 2023, Washington, D.C. — NOSSCR is pleased with the news of President Biden’s intent to nominate former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The disability claims…

STATEMENT: Federal Courts Find Social Security’s Adjudication Process Flawed

  May 26, 2023

May 26, 2023 – Washington, DC.— Lisa Rein’s Washington Post story, “Federal Judges Find Fault with Majority of Social Security Disability Appeals,” is a heartbreaking indictment of America’s largest disability adjudication system. Americans turn to the Social Security Administration to access their benefits at the worst moment of their lives — when a debilitating injury…

Acting Commissioner Credits NOSSCR for First Fee Cap Raise in 13 Years

  May 11, 2022 | By Barbara Silverstone, NOSSCR

Through four Social Security commissioners over more than thirteen years, NOSSCR has worked diligently to raise the fee cap – and today we reached our goal! We are thrilled to deliver this victory to all the Social Security disability representatives who deserve it and for whom it is long overdue. When Acting Commissioner Dr. Kilolo…

NOSSCR Launches a New Automated Referral Service

  April 25, 2022 | By Faigy Gilder, NOSSCR

NOSSCR’s new and improved automated lawyer referral service opens today! We’re excited to provide this new service for our members to generate new leads for many more potential Social Security disability clients. The new automated system tracks the caller’s area code and rotates through disability representatives who registered to receive calls from that code. The…

NOSSCR Applauds the Reintroduction of the Social Security 2100 Act

  October 26, 2021 | By NOSSCR

We must raise the fee cap after 12 years and stop the five-month wait for benefits. Contact: Faigy Gilder, faigy.gilder@nosscr.org Click here to download the PDF of this press release. Washington, DC October 26, 2021– The Social Security 2100 Act ensures the modernization of the Social Security Administration and the future solvency of the program.…

Americans unfairly denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) need help. Their lawyers also need help. They haven’t been allowed a fee increase in 12 years.

  June 10, 2021 | By NOSSCR

Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Andrew Saul says he will move quickly to improve the fee structure. Click here to download the PDF of this press release.  WASHINGTON – Lawyers and other claimant representatives who take on Social Security Disability and SSI cases haven’t been allowed an increase during the last 12 years in…

Eileen P. Sweeney Awards Given to Outstanding Disability Advocates

  June 3, 2021 | By NOSSCR

During the welcoming session of NOSSCR’s 42nd annual conference, Executive Director Barbara Silverstone presented NOSSCR’s Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award to four worthy recipients: Thomas Sutton, Esq., Paul Eaglin, Esq., Arpit Garg, Esq., and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. The Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award is presented to those whose outstanding…

NOSSCR Congratulates NEW HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra

  March 19, 2021 | By NOSSCR

March 19, 2021—The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) congratulates newly confirmed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra. NOSSCR looks forward to continuing its strong relationship with Secretary Becerra, who is a past recipient of NOSSCR’s “Award for Excellence in Social Security Disability Advocacy.”   Secretary Becerra’s experience as Attorney General of…

NOSSCR Letter to President-Elect Biden

  November 9, 2020 | By NOSSCR

Dear President-Elect Biden: On behalf of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), I would like to congratulate you on being elected the 46th President of the United States. NOSSCR is a specialized bar association for attorneys and advocates representing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants throughout the…

Election Day Volunteer Opportunities for Attorneys

  October 23, 2020 | By NOSSCR

As we enter the 2020 election cycle’s final days, there is a tremendous need for attorneys to help ensure a smooth election. Both parties and non-partisan organizations are seeking attorneys who are willing to volunteer on election day. If you are interested in volunteering with the non-partisan election protection coalition from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil…

NOSSCR Mourns the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  September 21, 2020 | By NOSSCR

NOSSCR joins the country in mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer for gender equality. During Ginsburg’s early years as a lawyer, the Social Security Act contained several sections applicable only to one gender. In Weinberger vs Wiesenfeld, 420 U.S. 636 (1975) Ginsburg successfully argued that the gender-based distinction under…

Statement About George Floyd

  June 5, 2020 | By NOSSCR

NOSSCR deplores the killing of George Floyd and the societal, structural, and institutional racism that his death illustrates. NOSSCR always has, and always will proudly stand with those fighting against racism and injustice in all of its forms. NOSSCR’s thoughts and prayers are with all those mourning Mr. Floyd during this difficult time.

Good News for the Disability Insurance Trust Fund in the 2020 Social Security Trustees Report

  April 24, 2020 | By NOSSCR Press Release

Disability Fund is Predicted to Pay Full Benefits for 13 More Years To download this press release, click here.  The Social Security Board of Trustees released their 2020 annual report earlier this week, which included some positive news: the financial health of the Federal Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund has improved significantly and can now…

NOSSCR Welcomes Michael Linskey as Director of Political & Legislative Strategy

  March 23, 2020 | By NOSSCR Press Release

Click here to download and view the press release.  Washington, DC, March 23, 2020 – Today, NOSSCR proudly welcomes Michael Linskey as its Director of Political and Legislative Strategy. We also say goodbye to Lisa Ekman this week, Director of Government Affairs, after many dedicated years of work on behalf of our members and their…

Fraud Alert: Callers Spoofing NOSSCR’s Referral Line Number

  February 13, 2019

We have recently received reports callers spoofing our 1-800 number, claiming to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA), and asking for personal information. NOSSCR will never call you and ask for personal information or claim to be from SSA. If you receive a call from our referral line number (1-800-431-2804), please hang up and…

NOSSCR Hires Consultant Jim Meltsner to Bolster Lobbying

  January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 31, 2019 –NOSSCR is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Jim Meltsner of Meltsner Strategies to assist our lobbying team in Washington, DC. Jim Meltsner brings a deep understanding of Capitol Hill legislative, administrative and political processes, built over a 25 -plus year career in government relations. Jim is currently President…

NOSSCR’S Director of Government Affairs Elected Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Chair of the Board of Directors

  January 16, 2019

Click here for a PDF of the full press release.  WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2019 – The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the largest coalition of national organizations advocating for inclusive federal policies for children and adults with disabilities, voted unanimously today to install NOSSCR’s Director of Government Affairs, Lisa Ekman, as the new…

Announcing NOSSCR’s Logo for its 40th Anniversary!

  October 24, 2018

Did you know that 2019 will mark NOSSCR’s 40th year of existence? We’re excited to celebrate this important anniversary with a special conference in New Orleans, LA this coming September. We are also celebrating this special year with a unique logo, created in partnership with Firmidible, which we unveiled at our fall 2018 conference in…

Senators to Berryhill: Do Not Reintroduce Reconsideration

  September 7, 2018

Yesterday, ten senators from both parties sent a letter to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Acting Commissioner Nancy Berryhill a expressing opposition to the reintroduction of reconsideration in their states. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) led the effort on the letter and he was joined by nine of his colleagues from the disability “prototype” states. Those…

NOSSCR Celebrates the 62nd Anniversary of SSDI

  August 1, 2018

Today is the 62nd anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower signing into law the 1956 amendments to the Social Security Act, which established Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This was the result of over 20 years of planning and effort and has resulted in over 60 years of coverage for millions of Americans during some…

NOSSCR’s Director of Government Affairs Testifies at the Social Security Subcommittee’s Hearing on Examining Changes to Social Security’s Disability Appeals Process

  July 24, 2018

This Wednesday, July 25, 2018, our Director of Government Affairs, Lisa Ekman, will testify before the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee at the hearing entitled “Examining Changes to Social Security’s Disability Appeals Process,” which will examine the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) recent changes to the disability appeals process and its evaluation. The hearing…

Statement of NOSSCR Executive Director Barbara Silverstone Concerning Executive Order Changing Hiring of Administrative Law Judges

  July 12, 2018

“President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) changing the hiring of Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) from a merit-based system to a political one is unnecessary and harmful, threatening the qualified judicial independence of these judges and undermining the due process rights of Social Security disability claimants. The competitive selection process used by the Social Security Administration and…

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program to Pay Out All Benefits Until 2032, Says Social Security Trustees Report

  June 5, 2018

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018 the Board of Trustees released their annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The Report concluded that the Social Security programs are stable and they serve the American people well. The Trustees Report predicts the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program will…

NOSSCR Awards Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award to Kevin Liebkemann

  May 11, 2018

On Wednesday April 25, 2018, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) presented the Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award at its biannual conference for Social Security disability representatives in Atlanta, GA, to attorney and long-time member Kevin Liebkemann. NOSSCR presents this award to an individual whose outstanding service has resulted in a…

National Academies Invites Stakeholder Representatives to Speak on Functional Assessment Tools for People with Disabilities

  February 27, 2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities held its second meeting yesterday, February 26, 2018 focused on the functional assessment of physical and mental abilities relevant to work requirements under the Social Security disability programs. NOSSCR’s Executive Director Barbara Silverstone was invited to speak from the…

NOSSCR Awards Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award to Senator Tom Harkin

  December 7, 2017

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) presented the Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award to former Iowa Senator, Tom Harkin. At the award ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, Barbara Silverstone, NOSSCR’s Executive Director, recognized Senator Harkin for his steadfast dedication to empowering individuals with disabilities throughout his…

Lisa Ekman Testifies Before House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security

  September 7, 2017

Washington, D.C – Yesterday, NOSSCR’s Director of Government Affairs, Lisa Ekman, was invited to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security on the challenges facing the Social Security Administration. The hearing titled, “Hearing on Determining Eligibility for Disability Benefits: Challenges Facing the Social Security Administration,” focused on solutions for reducing the…

NOSSCR Calls for Improvements to Social Security Adjudication Process


NOSSCR leaders provided members of the House Ways and Means Committee with vivid examples of how the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) deteriorating service is causing enormous emotional and physical tolls on those seeking benefits.

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