Last week Vice President Joe Biden sent a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Chairman of the National Governor's Association, calling on states to exempt federally-funded state Disability Determination Service employees from furloughs or other budget cuts.
Here's an excerpt:
I am very concerned that some States are imposing hiring restrictions or furloughs on the DDSs. This is not only unsound but it also goes against the spirit of the Recovery Act which included funding explicitly intended to reduce the Social Security disability backlogs and assist Americans with disabilities in this difficult economic time.
Then on Monday, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, issued a press release, thanking Biden for trying to ratchet up the pressure. (Astrue had written his own letter to Rendell in February.)
While both officials make a clear case, it appears that they aren't getting much traction with the states.
California accounts for roughly 10 percent of all DDS claims in the nation. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't exempted DDS employees from furloughs.
Next up: A letter from Pres. Barack Obama?
Thanks to TSW user CM for calling this our our attention.IMAGE: www.whitehouse.gov