Republican Sam Johnson of Plano, Texas said for the second time in as many weeks that President Trump must nominate a commissioner to lead the Social Security Administration. He stated: “President Trump needs to nominate a commissioner who will make sure Americans get the service they expect and deserve from the SSA.”
As it stands now, the process before scheduling a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge can take up to eight months, and that does not take into account the time it takes to appeal a hearing decision if necessary.
Representative Johnson is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, on which he serves as chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee. He elaborated further: “Americans rightfully expect that they will hear back from Social Security quickly, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. Social Security’s hearing backlog is simply unacceptable, and it’s going to take real leadership to turn things around.”
According to the SSA, more than one million Americans are waiting for a hearing, with an average wait time of two years. A permanent Social Security Commissioner has not been in place since 2013.