President Biden fired the Social Security Commissioner, Andrew Saul. According to Lisa Rein of the Washington Post, “Paul promoted policies that were designed to clamp down on benefits and an uncompromising anti-union stance.” Saul said that this decision has “left the agency in complete turmoil” but this is not the case. There is currently no disruption in payments, court dates, decisions, or appeals.
Saul was fired after refusing President Biden’s request to resign. Saul, a Trump appointee, was scheduled to end his term at the SSA in 2025. Representative Bill Screll Jr. (D-N.J.), the chair of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on oversight, said under Saul’s leadership the SSA “‘acted as foxes in the henhouse” with an agenda “to impose cruelty on seniors and the disabled.’”
These changes to the SSA will likely not affect your ability to collect your benefits. Still, these changes are notable and worth taking into account if you are currently applying for benefits or considering beginning an application. If you have any additional questions about your claim, please contact us.