Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building
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This hearing focused on the independence of federal agency judges and the due process afforded to individuals appearing before them. Recently the Social Security Administration (SSA) has proposed removing two classes of adjudicatory hearings from the purview of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) and transferring them to Administrative Appeals Judges and Attorney Examiners within SSA’s Appeals Council. This change would impact tens of thousands of cases and must be justified. In this hearing, we aim to examine the current ALJ issues at SSA and the broader issues of independence and agency control of officials who conduct administrative hearings throughout the federal government.
Theresa L. GruberDownload Testimony (701.4 KB)Deputy Commissioner, Disability Adjudication and ReviewU.S. Social Security Administration
Marilyn D. ZahmDownload Testimony (317.6 KB)Administrative Law Judge, Buffalo, New York Office of Disability Adjudication and ReviewU.S. Social Security Administration
Joseph KennedyDownload Testimony (45.5 KB)Associate Director for Human Resources SolutionsU.S. Office of Personnel Management