Unique social security book
Why I Wrote This Book
I retired after 36 years of working at the Social Security Administration (SSA). My last position, which I held for almost six years, was as “Technical Expert for Quality”. This position required me to process the most complex workloads as well as train and mentor other employees.
I had been involved in training less experienced employees in the intricacies of SSA law and procedure from early in my thirty-six year career.
And sometime in those early days, I began to say, “I can answer any question about social security with just two words--”That depends.”
The reason for this all-purpose answer is that the Social Security Act, not to mention the myriad technical instructions required to administer it, is extremely complex. It took me many years of dedicated work and research to acquire the knowledge I have about social security programs.
That Depends is a book about social security--the sacred-cow-third-rail-of-politics-most-popular program of the New Deal, as seen from a unique perspective--behind the desk of a Social Security Administration employee who spent 36 years with the agency working with programs as they affect everyday citizens in everyday life.
So this book is an application of thirty-six years of real-life experience to a discussion of the various social security programs. In Part I, I tell you some of the things I would have told you if I’d interviewed you—and if we’d had as long as we wanted to talk and not just a short appointment. In Part II, I tell you some things I want to give special emphasis. A reader who is a social security attorney or non-attorney representative may find very interesting the chapter on the application date. This is a quite technical topic that involves how prior claims can give retroactivity to a new claim and additional money and/or medical coverage to claimants.
I have written this book to be a sort of user’s guide for the people social security belongs to--workers of the United States and their dependents and survivors.