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The History Of The Baby Name ‘Chicago’
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The History Of The Baby Name ‘Chicago’

Kim Kardashian announced on Friday that she and Kanye West have named their new baby girl Chicago West.
The Social Security Administration only releases data for baby names that were given to at least five baby boys or five baby girls in a given year.
Seven boys were named Chicago in 1996 and 1998.
Five baby boys named Chicago were born in 2005, six in 2008 and seven in 2015.
It has never appeared in the public data for girls ― meaning that even if some American parents have chosen it for their daughters, the number of baby girls given that name in a year has always been fewer than five.
A follow-up tweet from Khloe Kardashian suggests baby Chicago will go by the nickname “Chi,” pronounced “shy.” The baby name Chi is marginally more popular than Chicago.
It appears in the SSA data for boys and girls as far back as 1970.
More recently, in 2016, nine baby girls were named Chi, and in 2015 and 2014, 10 baby girls were.
It has also appeared in the data for baby boys, with six boys named Chi in 2013, five in 2011, seven in 2009 and 2008, six in 2007, eight in 2006 and 2005, and nine in 2004.
In 2015, five baby girls were named North, and her nickname Nori has jumped up from 11 girls in 2013 to 168 in 2016.

Pavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie
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Pavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie

President Trump simply reversed an Obama-era policy that stripped the Second Amendment rights from Social Security recipients without due process.
Let’s review.
In 2015 and 2016, the Obama administration implemented a series of policies that deemed those needing a representative payee through the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs “mentally unfit.” As a result, millions of individuals became ineligible to purchase a firearm.
These so-called mentally unfit individuals were then entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System as ineligible to purchase a firearm without due process.
“In December 2016, the SSA promulgated a final rule that would require the names of all Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit recipients — who, because of a mental impairment, use a representative payee to help manage their benefits – be submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is used during gun purchases,” the ACLU wrote in a letter to senators last year.
There is no data to support a connection between the need for a representative payee to manage one’s Social Security disability benefits and a propensity toward gun violence,” the letter continued.
Last year, the House and Senate voted to bar the Social Security Administration from engaging in the practice of entering individuals seeking monetary guidance into the background check system as mentally unfit, reversing the Obama administration policy.
“Once the VA determines that a veteran requires a fiduciary to administer benefit payments, the VA reports that veteran to the gun ban list, consequently denying his or her right to possess and own firearms,” Grassley wrote.
“Veterans are losing their Second Amendment rights because they have someone managing their checkbook,” Grassley wrote in a letter to President Trump earlier this month.
Trump did not reverse a policy that allows the mentally ill to purchase firearms as reporters, media pundits and anti-Second Amendment activists have recklessly claimed.

Like everything else, Congress is underfunding the Social Security Administration
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Like everything else, Congress is underfunding the Social Security Administration

After all, they paid for those benefits during their working years through Social Security payroll taxes.
But thanks to draconian budget cuts to the Social Security Administration (SSA), too many applicants face long hold times and busy signals— or deadly-long waits for disability hearings.
You don’t have to be an actuary to figure out: When workloads increase and funding is cut, service suffers.
Senators, demanding that Congress restore adequate funding for the Social Security Administration.
“You wait and wait and wait, and then you die,” he said.
SSA has severely cut back on the number of Social Security Statements mailed out to current and future beneficiaries, from 153 million in 2010 to ten million in 2017.
The average national wait time for a Social Security disability insurance hearing is the highest ever.
The House-approved fiscal 2018 appropriations legislation would continue underfunding the agency, freezing SSA’s operating budget for another year.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed an even more painful reduction of some $460 million, nearly 4 percent of the agency’s operating budget.
So why continue to cut the agency’s budget?

Social Security Administration Seeks Shortcut Through Massive Disability Backlog
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Social Security Administration Seeks Shortcut Through Massive Disability Backlog

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration is quietly changing how it handles some appeals from Americans who’ve sought disability benefits.
“For some people this results in a wait of over 17 months to receive a hearing decision, which we concede is unacceptable service.” If someone can’t keep working because of a serious illness or injury, that person can apply for monthly benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program.
Now, these remands will instead be heard at the council level by administrative appeals judges who don’t have the same independence from the SSA that administrative law judges do.
Another 10,000 or so cases being taken away from ALJs include situations where people have returned to work after receiving disability benefits and the agency believes they’ve been overpaid.
Administrative law judges work for government agencies, though they are supposed to be shielded from agency pressures by a federal law called the Administrative Procedure Act.
“But we’re also very concerned about claimants getting a hearing in front of an administrative law judge that has qualified judicial independence as required by the Administrative Procedure Act.” Still, Ekman said the 1 million people waiting for the government to decide whether they qualify for benefits shouldn’t be made to wait.
“Claimants die while they’re waiting to get a hearing.
“What the Social Security Administration plans to do now is to divert subsets of cases from hearings before ALJs to hearings before their own handpicked people.” Hinkle said the SSA owes it to the public to do whatever it can to reduce the wait time, and that administrative appeals judges can help with that.
“This strategy neither favors administrative appeals judges nor disfavors administrative law judges – it favors the many people waiting for a hearing decision,” Hinkle said in an email.
As part of a general strategy to reduce the backlog, the agency has been trying to hire more administrative law judges.

A New Opportunity to Continue Serving
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A New Opportunity to Continue Serving

A New Opportunity to Continue Serving.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the sacrifices of the men and women who proudly serve our country.
We are committed to helping you secure today and tomorrow.
SSA offers you the opportunity to continue serving the American people after your transition from military to civilian life.
You selflessly served your country, and now we want you as part of SSA’s family.
We will help you prepare for your new career with SSA.
Through our Veterans Employment Initiative, we provide tools, training, and information on all the employee benefits and services available to you as a new hire.
Veteran’s Preference is available to certain veterans who were discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions.
In addition, you may be eligible for non-competitive selection through special hiring authorities for veterans.
Through a partnership with our agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veteran employees may be eligible to participate in the VA’s GI Bill On-the-Job Training program that provides a stipend, in addition to their salary, while completing on-the-job training.

A quandary Congress and Social Security must tackle
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A quandary Congress and Social Security must tackle

Applicants to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program are unable to work because of illness or injury.
Yet many of these same individuals are routinely forced to wait years to learn if they will get the benefits at all.
The Social Security Administration says reducing this backlog to acceptable levels will take five years, until 2022, extending a nightmarish situation.
One cause of this tragedy is lack of permanent leadership at the top of the Social Security Administration, a problem that only the president and Congress can solve.
More than two thirds of those claims must be reconsidered and that additional wait time is up to an average of 103 days.
Even then, fewer than half of applicants receive the benefits they have already paid for and in most cases, desperately need.
The lack of thoughtful, strategic leadership at the Social Security Administration has brought the disability program to the breaking point.
Former Social Security Commissioner Astrue worked to reduce an earlier backlog and was largely successful by 2012.
The Trump administration should also consider increasing the use of so-called on-the-record decisions that do not require in-person hearings.
Whoever takes over the Social Security Administration has a lot of work to do.

When Does the Average American Claim Social Security?
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When Does the Average American Claim Social Security?

Most people claim at or before their full retirement age and less than 10% wait longer to claim benefits.
According to data from the Social Security Administration for 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, 2,838,988 Americans claimed Social Security retirement benefits.
The average beneficiary age for all newly awarded Social Security retirement benefits in 2015 was 64.5 years of age, and here’s the full breakdown: Age % of Men Claiming % of Women Claiming 62 32% 37% 63 6% 7% 64 6% 7% 65 to full retirement age 10% 10% Full retirement age 34% 28% 67-69 9% 7% 70 3% 5% Data source: Social Security Administration 2016 Statistical Supplement.
According to this data, the most popular age for claiming Social Security is 62, as early as possible, with full retirement age coming in at a close second.
Here’s the breakdown of the ages when people chose to claim Social Security retirement benefits in 2015: Age % of Men Claiming % of Women Claiming 62 38% 44% 63 7% 8% 64 7% 8% 65 to full retirement age 12% 12% Full retirement age 21% 15% 67-69 11% 8% 70 3% 6% Data source: Author’s own calculations, based on Social Security Administration 2016 Statistical Supplement.
The point is that when you exclude Americans whose disability benefits were automatically converted to Social Security retirement benefits at full retirement age, it’s much clearer that 62 is by far the most popular age to claim Social Security benefits.
Full retirement age is still the next most popular age, as it is the age where retirees can get their benefit without a reduction.
In all, 85% of men and 86% of women choose to claim their Social Security retirement benefit at or before their full retirement age.
How early Social Security affects your benefits It’s interesting that the majority of Americans decide to claim Social Security early, despite the benefit reduction that comes with it.
This is because far fewer Americans are choosing to claim benefits early.

The Disability Program Needs Help Itself
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The Disability Program Needs Help Itself

The Disability Program Needs Help Itself.
When President Eisenhower added disability benefits to Social Security in 1956, he pledged that the new program would be run “efficiently and effectively” and that it would help “rehabilitate the disabled so that they may return to useful employment.” Six decades on, Social Security Disability Insurance has 1 million rejected applications pending appeal, pays out 25 percent more in benefits ($141 billion last year) than it gets in taxes, and is set to be insolvent by the end of 2016.
There are currently 11 million people on disability.
SSDI provides crucial support for millions with severe disabilities, yet economists say it does more to keep people capable of some work out of the labor force than it does to find ways for the disabled to work.
Research by Duggan and David Autor, an economist at MIT, attributes much of that jump to financial incentives.
While almost all those applicants were denied benefits at first, many probably went on to appeal, says Maestas.
David Hatfield spent 17 years as a judge hearing benefits appeals.
That would require a long and costly reform process.
“It often takes a crisis before Congress will act to do substantial reform, and we have the makings of one here,” says Duggan.
The bottom line: Economists say the U.S. disability insurance program discourages people from working.

Ex-Long Branch councilman owes $82K of stolen late wife’s benefits
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Ex-Long Branch councilman owes $82K of stolen late wife’s benefits

TRENTON – A former Long Branch city councilman was ordered by a federal judge Monday to pay $82,854 in restitution for collecting his deceased wife’s Social Security disability checks, according to a U.S. District Court filing.
He was sentenced by Wolfson Monday in Trenton.
She then began to receive electronic payments directly deposited into her bank account.
Operation Dead End: Prosecutor seeks to limit photo coverage of ‘dead end’ gang trial, citing threats She died in June 2009, but Unger failed to notify the Social Security Administration, which continued to issue direct deposits of benefit payments into her account through September 2013.
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The terms of sentencing include a fine of $7,500 and two years of probation which consists of 100 hours of community service and alcohol testing and treatment as directed, said Matthew Reily, district court spokesperson.
Reilly said there are no restrictions on Unger’s travel. “He’s pleased that the matter is behind him and he can go on with his life.
Unger was elected to city council in a 2006 special election to fill the seat vacated by John Zambrano, who was sentenced to jail on a federal bribery charge.
Schneider later sued Unger for defamation, claiming Unger used campaign fliers that alleged Schneider took bribes from swindler-turned FBI informant Solomon Dwek.

The Difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income
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The Difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income

For those searching for help with disability claims, it’s important to understand social security disability benefits. There are two different programs that offer benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and that article covers only one. This article will give you the proper information about both benefits, […]