Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security held a hearing on “Modernizing Social Security’s Information Technology Infrastructure”. Witnesses were Robert Klopp, Deputy Commissioner, Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration; Richard E. Warsinskey, President, National Council of Social Security Management Associations; Kimberly Byrd, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audit, Financial Systems and Operations Audits, Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration; Valerie Melvin, Director, Information Management and Technology Resources Issues, Government Accountability Office; and William Hayes, Principal Engineer, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. Visit the Committee web site to access testimony or view archived video of the hearing.
Last week, the House of Representatives adopted its rules of procedure for the 114th Congress (H. Res. 5). Included in the measure was an unprecedented Social Security-related provision that will affect the ability of Congress to prevent a 20% cut in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in 2016. The provision, inserted by Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Tom Reed (R-NY) and approved by a vote of 234 to 168, sets up procedural hurdles to House consideration of a needed, routine replenishment of Social Security’s disability fund. Shockingly, these major changes were never considered in hearings or open to input from constituents. While these rules only affect the House – not the Senate – The Arc is deeply concerned that this new provision sets a troubling tone for how the 114th Congress may deal with Social Security and SSDI. Visit The Arc’s blog to learn more about the House rules provision.
Last week, Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY-4) announced his resignation from Congress effective immediately. To read the announcement visit his official site.
Rep. Davis served as Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources. This Subcommittee is of great importance to individuals with disabilities, as it holds jurisdiction over key provisions of the Social Security Act, including Supplemental Security Income, as well as other important social programs. The Arc thanks Congressman Davis for his years of service.