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Social Security Advisory Board Urges Commissioner Action Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

April 6, 2020

Social Security Advisory Board Urges Commissioner Action Amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

April 6, 2020

Today, the Social Security Advisory Board (“Board”) sent a letter to Commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, urging action related to relief payments to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and restoring representative payee monitoring.

The Board urged the Commissioner, under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Pub. L. 116-136), to work with the Department of the Treasury to ensure that those who receive SSI payments also receive relief payments automatically and quickly, without filing any forms.

The Board also strongly urged the Commissioner to review the agency’s decision to suspend new representative payee reviews, required by law, and work with the network of Protection and Advocacy organizations with the goal of maintaining operational capabilities and continuing payee reviews.

The Board’s mission is to provide the President, Congress and Commissioner of Social Security with bipartisan advice and guidance with respect to how the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs, supported by other public and private systems, can most effectively assure economic security.