Do you have a Social Security claim that you’re looking to check on?
“A free and secure my Social Security account provides personalized tools for everyone, whether you receive benefits or not,” the program’s website says. “You can use your account to request a replacement Social Security card, check the status of an application, estimate future benefits, or manage the benefits you already receive. All from anywhere.”
Such an account allows current and future Social Security to do many things in addition to checking on a claim. They can request a Social Security card, estimate the future benefits for themselves or their spouse, arrange their direct deposit or other payment information, or opt into or out of mailed notices.
That’s one of several online services made available through the Social Security Administration.
Changes at SSA
Speaking of the Social Security Administration, it’s recently had some changes at the top. President Biden in early July fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, who had been appointed to a six-year term by President Trump. His deputy, David Black, resigned.
The president then appointed Kilolo Kijakazi to the position of acting commissioner of SSA.
Many applauded the move.
“From the beginning of their tenure at the Social Security Administration, Andrew Saul and David Black were anti-beneficiary and anti-employee,” Rep. John Larson, the House Ways and Means Committee Social Security subcommittee chairman, said in a statement, as reported by CNBC. “Now, President Biden will be able install someone who will work to fulfill his promise of protecting and enhancing Social Security.”
“Andrew Saul and David Black were appointed by former President Donald Trump to undermine Social Security,” Alex Lawson, executive director at Social Security Works, said in a statement that was also reported by CNBC. “That includes waging a war on people with disabilities, demoralizing the agency’s workforce, and delaying President Biden’s stimulus checks.”
Not everyone was happy with the change.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page said in an op-ed this week that Biden “fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul because he pushed hard to make systems and operations more efficient,” and because those moves that upset unions of those who work at the agency.
“Under the Social Security statute, the commissioner can be removed only for cause. Union disapproval does not meet that test,” the Journal said. “But Supreme Court rulings that similar removal clauses for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Housing Finance Agency were unconstitutional emboldened the president to give the unions what they wanted.”
Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.