Social Security Advisory Board Members wrote Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden and Ranking Member Mike Crapo to urge the Committee to swiftly consider Governor Martin O’Malley’s nomination as Commissioner of Social Security. The Board also recommended Congress amend the Social Security Act to state that the Commissioner of Social Security once again serves at the pleasure of the President.
The Board stated that after nearly 30 years, the six-year term for the Commissioner has not been successful. Since March 31, 1995, SSA has had 12 different Commissioners. Only two served nearly the full six-year term. In the past decade, SSA has had an Acting Commissioner for eight years.