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The Impact of Social Security’s Budget Cuts

Citing an 11% (inflation adjusted) reduction since 2010 in its core operating budget and the loss of 12% of its staff, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is facing challenges in providing service to a growing number of beneficiaries. Kathleen Romig, senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities comments on SSA’s service delivery problems, noting that the workload handled by remaining staff has continued to grow steadily.  In fact, since 2010,the number of Social Security beneficiaries has grown by 17%.

In a post on, Ms. Romig outlines the problems that have arisen from the budget cuts inflicted on SSA, from frustrated callers hanging up after long wait times, to disability appeal wait times of 16 months on average, and suggests that pending cuts in the recently-approved appropriations bill could make things worse. Read her post here…


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