NOSSCR engages in research and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. We

  • Testify at Congressional hearings and/or provide written testimony
  • Meet with Congressional Representatives and Senators to provide information about pending or necessary legislation
  • Meet with representatives from the Social Security Administration
  • Periodically issue major reports designed to show how better public policy can bring about big improvements in the lives of our nation’s people living with disabilities

Here are recent policy updates from Capitol Hill and beyond. For more current events about Social Security disability, visit our newsroom

Two Upcoming House Ways and Means Hearings

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold two hearings on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  In the morning, at 10:00 AM in 2020 Rayburn House Office Building, the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing on entitled "Determining Eligibility for Disability Benefits: Challenges Facing the Social Security Administration," which will focus on SSA's plan to reduce the hearing backlog and claimant wait times, other efforts to modernize and improve the disability determination process, and tools available to expedite decisions for those with certain severe conditions.  The hearing advisory has more detailed information.  Then, on Wednesday afternoon, at 2:00 PM in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled "Missing from the Labor Force: Examining Declining Employment among Working-Age Men," which will examine the steady decline of men participating in the labor force and the impact it has on our society, the economy, and individual and family well-being.  The hearing advisory has more detailed information.  We anticipate both hearings being livestreamed at https://waysandmeans.house.gov/live/.

Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Social Security’s Solvency Challenge

House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) announced today that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Social Security’s Solvency Challenge: Status of the Social Security Trust Funds” on Friday, July 14, at 10:00 AM in room 2020 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  At the hearing, Members will discuss the status of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Federal Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Funds and the effects of delaying action to address Social Security’s future insolvency.  The hearing advisory has more detailed information.  We anticipate that the hearing will be livestreamed at https://waysandmeans.house.gov/live/.

Fiscal Year 2017 Spending Plan Finalized 

Last week, Congress passed and the President signed a spending bill that funds the federal government through the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), which ends on September 30. SSA’s administrative budget is broadly similar to last year’s, with two exceptions. 

First, the Fiscal Year 2016 budget had allocated $150 million to SSA to renovate its headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland. The series of “continuing resolutions” that kept the government open for the first part of FY17 stated that SSA would receive another $150 million this year, specifically for reducing the backlog at the hearing level. However, the final FY17 budget only allows $90 million for backlog-reducing measures. SSA is currently determining how they will use this smaller amount of money. The agency has indicated it is continuing to hire and train new ALJs and has also recently hired approximately 200 decision writers and other support staff. 

The second change in SSA funding is that the agency received approximately $400 million more for “program integrity” activities. These include Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs), SSI redeterminations, Cooperative Disability Investigation Units, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys (SAUSAs) who help prosecute Social Security fraud cases.

As the Trump Administration begins preparing its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request, NOSSCR will continue to advocate for SSA to receive sufficient administrative funding. The agency must have the resources it needs to manage all of its workloads and provide quality service to claimants, beneficiaries, representatives, and the general public. 

Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Stopping Disability Fraud

House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) announced on April 19, 2017 that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing, entitled “Stopping Disability Fraud: Risk, Prevention, and Detection,” on Wednesday, April 26, at 10:00 AM in room 2020 of the Rayburn House Office Building. At the hearing, Members will discuss the status of the Social Security Administration’s efforts to prevent disability fraud after several high-profile multi-million-dollar fraud schemes. On the day of the hearing, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will release a new report to update Members on the SSA’s efforts to fight disability fraud. The hearing advisory has more detailed information. Watch the hearing livestream at https://waysandmeans.house.gov/live/.

Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Representative Payees

House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) are holding a two-part joint hearing series on Social Security’s representative payee program, which helps certain individuals manage their benefits if the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines that they need assistance. The first hearing in the series, entitled “Examining the Social Security Administration’s Representative Payee Program: Determining Who Needs Help,” was on Tuesday, February 7, at 10:00 AM. At the hearing, Members examined how the SSA determines when an individual needs a representative payee to manage benefit payments on their behalf. They also discussed the NICS provision that would place certain recipients of Social Security benefits on a “no buy” list for guns. Invited Witnesses were Marianna LaCanfora, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration; Dr. Paul Appelbaum, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine & Law, Columbia University Testimony; Lindsay Nichols, Senior Attorney, The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence/Americans for Responsible Solutions; Gale Stallworth Stone Acting Inspector General, Social Security Administration.

A replay of the hearing is available at https://waysandmeans.house.gov/live/.   The second hearing in this series, entitled "Examining the Social Security Administration's Representative Payee Program: Who Provides Help," will be held on Wednesday, March 22 in 1100 Longworth House Office Building at 10:00 AM.  This hearing will focus on how SSA selects and monitors those serving as representative payees.   

2017 Congressional Budget Resolution

The Senate will vote this week on a number of amendments to its budget resolution, and then on the budget itself. The budget, if passed, would begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act. NOSSCR has endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I -VT) amendment that creates a point of order against any legislation that would break Donald Trump’s promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Government Shutdown Avoided (Or At Least Postponed)

Congress passed a continuing resolution that will keep the federal government open until December 9. The Senate vote was 72-26 and the House vote was 342-85. The President signed this legislation on September 29.

The continuing resolution cuts discretionary spending by 0.496%. SSA will face a cut of about $53 million. SSA believes that its costs to provide the current level of service will increase by over $300 million in the coming fiscal year. This means that SSA will have to find ways to cut its expenses, and the agency will be less productive in Fiscal Year 2017. The only area of SSA operations exempt from the cut are certain types of program integrity spending, including Continuing Disability Reviews and SSI redeterminations. Funding for program integrity will remain at Fiscal Year 2016 levels under the continuing resolution.

Members of Congress are expected to return to Washington after Election Day to discuss federal spending for the rest of Fiscal Year 2017, which runs from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.

Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on SSA and CBO Solvency Projections   

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10am, in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the differences between economic projections in SSA's Trustees' Report and reports issued by the Congressional Budget Office. The hearing advisory has additional information. A livestream of the hearing is available at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/event/hearing-understanding-social-securitys-solvency-challenge/ and a recording of the hearing should be available at the committee's YouTube page

Congress is Considering Cuts to Social Security’s Operating Budget – Act Now

Today, a record one million Americans are waiting over 575 days on average for a hearing on their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability claims. Today’s backlog exists because Social Security’s operating budget has been cut by over 10 percent since 2010, while workloads have increased as the baby boomers age.

Now, Congress is considering even more cuts. A funding bill in the House of Representatives would cut Social Security’s operating budget by over $250 million in 2017. Under the House bill, the Social Security Administration would need to close all its offices for two weeks, since all employees would be furloughed. And a hiring freeze would lead to longer wait times and delays in all parts of our Social Security retirement, survivors’, and disability system. The Senate version of the bill provides slightly more funding, but still fails to address many critical agency resource needs.

Contact your Congressional Representative TODAY and tell them to fully fund the Social Security Administration.

Tell them:

    • I urge you to vote to fully fund the Social Security Administration’s operating budget, at the levels requested in President Obama’s 2017 budget.
    • Today, over 1 million people with disabilities are waiting over 575 days on average for a hearing on their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability claims. This is an all-time high. Most people have little to no income while waiting for a hearing, and run the risk of financial ruin and worsening health the longer they wait.
    • Social Security’s operating budget has been reduced by 10 percent from 2010 levels. Any further cuts will lead to even longer, more devastating waits and reduced service to the public.
    • Americans cannot afford a Social Security Administration that is underfunded and understaffed.
    • Please ensure that Social Security’s operating budget is fully funded for 2017 at levels the President has requested.

Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on SSA's Information Technology  

On Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10am, in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on modernizing SSA's information technology infrastructure. The hearing advisory has additional information. A recording of the hearing can be viewed live at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/event/hearing-modernizing-social-securitys-information-technology-infrastructure/

Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on SSA Trustees' Report  

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2pm, in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on SSA's annual trustees' report. The hearing advisory has more information. A livestream and recording of the event should be posted at the committee's YouTube page.

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Hearing on SSA's Information Systems 

On Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9am, in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on SSA's information technology systems. Witnesses should be posted on the hearing advisory page when they are announced. A livestream and recording of the event should be posted at the committee's YouTube page.

Full House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on "Moving America's Families Forward" 

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 10am, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on "setting priorities for reducing poverty and expanding opportunity."  It is possible that SSDI and/or SSI will be discussed. Witnesses should be posted on the hearing advisory page when they are announced. A recording of the event should be posted at the committee's YouTube page.

Social Security Subcommittee Hearing about Preventing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 10am, in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the House Ways and Means Committee Social Security Subcommittee held a hearing on "protecting Social Security from Waste, Fraud, and Abuse." The only witness was SSA's Inspector General, Patrick P. O'Carroll. The hearing advisory page has additional information. An archive of the event should be posted at the committee's YouTube page.

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Hearing about Due Process in Social Security Hearings

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 9m, in Room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing on "the independence of federal agency judges and the due process afforded to individuals appearing before them." A central focus of the hearing was SSA's hearing backlog reduction plan, known as CARES, particularly the proposal to have AAJs rather than ALJs conduct certain hearings. Scheduled witnesses include Deputy Commissioner of ODAR Theresa Gruber, ALJ Marilyn Zahm, and Joseph Kennedy of the Office of Management and Budget. The hearing advisory page should also feature a live stream of the event or information about where it can be viewed.

Senate Finance Committee Hearing about Renomination of Public Trustees 

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 3pm, in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the Senate Finance Committee discussed the renomination of Charles Blahous III and Robert Reischauer as public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. The hearing advisory page also features a live stream of the event.

House Social Security Subcommittee Hearing about Social Security and Public Servants 

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10am, in Room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing entitled "Social Security and Public Servants: Ensuring Equal Treatment." The hearing advisory notes that the focus will be on Social Security provisions that affect certain public employees, as well as proposals for calculating public employees’ benefits in a proportional manner. The witnesses have not yet been announced. The hearing was live streamed here.

Senate Finance Committee Hearing about Nomination for Deputy Commissioner of SSA 

On Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10am, in Room 215 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing regarding the nomination of Andrew LaMont Eanes as Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Several other nominations for non-SSA positions were also discussed.  The hearing advisory and a live stream of the hearing were available here.

Joint Economic Committee Hearing about Ensuring Success for SSDI

On Wednesday, November 4 2015 at 2:30PM, in Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the Joint Economic Committee held a hearing entitled "Ensuring Success for the Social Security Diability Insurance Program and Its Beneficiaries."  The witnesses were Patrick O'Carroll, SSA's Inspector General; Rebecca Vallas of the Center for American Progress; and Mark Duggan of Stanford University. The hearing advisory is here. The hearing was recorded on the JEC Majority YouTube channel.  

Ways and Means Hearing About Coordinating Welfare Programs

On Tuesday, November 3 at 10:00AM, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Human Resources Subcommittee held a hearing about better coordinating welfare benefits to serve families in need.  SSI was not the primary topic of discussion but it was mentioned.  The hearing advisory is here, and a video of the hearing is available on the Ways and Means Committee YouTube channel.  

Social Security Earned Benefits Payment Act

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) introduced the Social Security Earned Benefits Payment Act (S. 2090; H.R. 3621) on September 28, 2015. There are 27 cosponsors in the Senate and 9 in the House.  All of the sponsors are Democrats.

This bill would provide for a “clean reallocation” of tax revenues, as Congress has done 11 times in the past with bipartisan support. Changing the percentage of Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes that are placed in Social Security’s Disability Insurance Trust Fund and Old Age and Survivors’ Trust Fund for calendar years 2016-2020 would allow both trust funds to remain solvent until 2034.  If the distribution of tax revenues between the trust funds does not change, and Congress does not take any other action, the Disability Insurance Trust Fund is expected to become insolvent in late 2016, meaning that it could only pay 81% of scheduled benefits. 

This bill does not meet the requirements of the House rule passed by the Republican majority in January 2015. That rule creates a “point of order,” or procedural barrier, against any substantial reallocation that is not paired with spending reductions or revenue increases that benefit the combined trust funds. However, a simple majority of the House could vote to overturn the point of order; if the Social Security Earned Benefits Payment Act has enough votes to pass the House, the rule would not be a significant obstacle. 

Although Republicans have promised to avoid the across-the-board cuts that would result from Congressional inaction, it is unlikely that they will support the Social Security Earned Benefits Payment Act at this time. NOSSCR is closely monitoring the situation in Congress regarding trust fund solvency, and will send action alerts to members at any time when members of Congress would benefit from hearing from constituents on this important issue.  

Ways and Means Hearing About Promoting Work Opportunities

On Thursday, July 9 at 10:00AM, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building, the House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing about promoting work opportunities for SSDI beneficiaries. More information about the hearing is available in the hearing advisory.  The witnesses at the hearing will be: Jill Houghton, US Business Leadership Network; John Kregel, Virginia Commonwealth University; James Smith, Vermont Agency for Human Services; Paul Van de Water, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Mike Zeller, The Disability Network. A video of the hearing should be available here

Ways and Means Hearing About Returning to Work

On Tuesday, June 16 at 2:00PM, in B-316 Rayburn House Office Building, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Social Security Subcommittee held a hearing about SSA's processing of earnings reports from SSDI beneficiaries who have returned to work. More information about the hearing, including the list of witnesses, is available on the Ways and Means website. A video of the hearing should be available here

Ways and Means Hearing About Program Integrity

On Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00 AM, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, held a hearing on “Protecting the Safety Net from Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.” The hearing reviewed multiple bills related to Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Unemployment Insurance (UI), and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). More information about the hearing is available on the Ways and Means website. The hearing was recorded and it should be available here.

CCD Statement for the Record U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means

The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) submitted the following statement for the record of the February 25, 2015 hearing held by the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, on “Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund’s Solvency”.

The CCD is a coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of the approximately 57 million children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. SSDI’s modest but vital assistance supports these goals for approximately 11 million Americans, helping beneficiaries with disabilities and their families to meet their everyday needs -- keeping a roof over their heads, putting food on the table, paying for out-of-pocket medical and disability-related expenses, and meeting other basic living expenses. 
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Two Hearings in Two Days

The House Committee on Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee held a hearing about SSDI trust fund solvency on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Rayburn B-318 at 2pm.  The list of witnesses and a link where the hearing will be webcast are not currently available. More information may be posted at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/.

On Thursday February 26, 2015 at 10am, the House Committee on Appropriation subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will held an oversight hearing entitled "The Vital Responsibility of Serving the Nation's Aging and Disabled Communities" with witnesses including Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin. There is not currently a link to watch the hearing online, but one may be posted at http://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/?CatagoryID=34777

Senate Budget Committee Hearing: Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund Insolvency

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing about the future of the SSDI trust fund.  After opening remarks by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), who chairs the committee, and ranking member Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin testified and answered questions from many Senators of both parties. Acting Commissioner Colvin's testimony was followed by statements from Dr. Mark Duggan of Stanford University, Dr. Phillip DeJong of the University of Amsterdam, and Kate Lang of the National Senior Citizens Law Center. NOSSCR's Washington office staff helped Ms. Lang locate an SSDI recipient in her 60s who was willing to have her story featured as an example of the value SSDI has for older Americans.  The hearing can be viewed here.

Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Women and Social Security 

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing, entitled “Social Security: Is a Key Foundation of Economic Security Working for Women?" which included statements from Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Hatch (R-UT) and four witnesses.  

The Senators' and witnesses' statements and a recording of the hearing is available here:http://www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=852d0c21-5056-a032-524d-4ba121611a10.The witnesses and Senators largely focused on Social Security retirement benefits, with some discussion about disability and survivors' benefits.

Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Social Security Disability Insurance

On Thursday, July 24, the Senate Finance Committee held its first hearing about Social Security Disability Insurance in seven years. The hearing entitled “Social Security: A Fresh Look at Workers’ Disability Insurance” included statements from Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Hatch (R-UT) and four witnesses, including Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary for the Social Security Administration.

A recording of the hearing is available here: http://www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=c0515365-5056-a032-52ff-a46da139d2d6. The NOSSCR Twitter account @NOSSCRNews included updates and live tweets from inside the hearing room.

The Full House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings

Tuesday 6/10 and Wednesday 6/11 entitled Social Security Oversight: Examining the Integrity of the Disability Determination Appeals Process. Information and recordings of the hearings can be found at http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/social-security-administration-oversight-examining-integrity-disability-determination-appeals-process-part/. Senator Coburn and 4 ALJs were the witnesses on June 10, and Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin was the only witness at the June 11th hearing.

House Committee Considers Improvements to Disability Review Process

The House Government Oversight Committee's Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements subcommittee held a hearing on this topic on April 9.  Witness statements, as well as a recording and transcript of the hearing, are available at http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/examining-ways-social-security-administration-can-improve-disability-review-process/.  Witnesses included Patrick O'Carroll, Jr., SSA's Inspector General;  Marianna LaCanfora, SSA's Acting Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy; Jennifer Nottingham, President of the National Assocation of Disability Examiners; Daniel Bertoni, Director of GAO's Education, Workforce, and Income Security division; and Jennifer Shaw Lockhart, the State Director of Sooner SUCCESS at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

NOSSCR Submits Statement for the Record of February 26 House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing

The House Committee on Ways and Means' Subcommittee on Social Security held a hearing on February 26th, examining troubling allegations regarding what appears to have been concerted action by a group of New York City police officers, firefighters and others to defraud the Social Security disability program. The National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) staff attended the hearing, and submitted a statement for the record, condemning the actions alleged in the hearing and urging Congress to provide the Social Security Administration with adequate resources to ensure the integrity of its disability programs.

Read NOSSCR's statement for the record

NOSSCR Submits Statement for the Record of January 16 House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing

The House Committee on Ways and Means' Subcommittee on Social Security held a hearing on January 16th, examining very troubling allegations regarding what appears to have been concerted action by a group of New York City police officers, firefighters and others to defraud the Social Security disability program. The National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) staff attended the hearing, and submitted a statement for the record, condemning the actions alleged in the hearing and urging Congress to provide the Social Security Administration with adequate resources to ensure the integrity of its disability programs.

Read NOSSCR's statement for the record

House Continuines Oversight of SSA's Management of Federal Disability Programs

The House Government Oversight Committee's Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements subcommittee held a hearing November 19, 2013.  Witness statements, as well as a recording and transcript of the hearing, are available at http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/continuing-oversight-social-security-administrations-mismanagement-federal-disability-programs/.  Witnesses included Patrick O'Carroll, Jr., SSA's Inspector General; Glenn Sklar, SSA's Deputy Commissioner for Disability Adjudication and Review; and Jasper Bede, Regional Chief ALJ for Region 3 ODAR.

NOSSCR Submits Statement for the Record of Oct. 7 Senate Oversight Hearing

The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing on October 7th, examining troubling allegations regarding what appear to have been concerted fraudulent actions by a Huntington, West Virginia attorney and a former Administrative Law Judge. Thankfully, the Committee made clear that there is no evidence that the alleged actions are anything but an isolated incident. The National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) submitted a statement for the record, condemning the actions alleged in the hearing and urging Congress to provide the Social Security Administration with adequate resources to ensure the integrity of its disability programs.

Read NOSSCR's statement for the record
Read NOSSCR’s press release responding to the hearing

House Oversight Committee Considers Number of SSDI Claims and the Role of ALJs

The House Government Oversight Committee's Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements subcommittee held a hearing on this topic on June 27, 2013.  Witness statements, as well as a recording and transcript of the hearing, are available at http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/oversight-of-rising-social-security-disability-claims-and-the-role-of-administrative-law-judges/NOSSCR board member Thomas Sutton was one of the witnesses; others included Sen. Tom Coburn, MD (R-OK); Glenn Sklar, SSA's Deputy Commissioner for Disability Adjudication and Review; SSA ALJs Larry Butler and Thomas Snook; and Department of Labor ALJs Drew Swank and J.E. Sullivan.

Read NOSSCR board member Thomas Sutton's testimony.

Examples of hearings where NOSSCR leadership was an invited witness include:

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