Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) and 5 co-sponsors introduced H.R. 4082, the Social Security Administration Accountability Act of 2012. The bill would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to submit an annual budget estimate directly to the President and Congress. The bill also halts any pending closures or consolidations of SSA field and hearing offices and establishes a public process for SSA to follow in considering any future office closures. Pending closures or consolidations may only resume after SSA reports to Congress on the process for selecting field or hearing offices to close or consolidate. The bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.