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I read with interest Peter H. Shuck’s describing the administrative simplicity of the Social Security retirement program contrasted with the complex and ambiguous Social Security disability program (“Government Programs That Hit the Target,” April 27 Forum). I couldn’t agree more. Having worked in the disability adjudication process for 34 years, I saw policies become increasingly more complex, leading to more inconsistent decision making.

I testified before the House Subcommittee on Social Security last year (March 20, 2013) that the disability policy was too subjective, overly complicated, confusing and outdated.

Even the chairman of the Social Security Advisory Board, the oversight body of the Social Security Administration, stated, “There has not been a full-scale review of disability policy and process in over 20 years. The result is a great deal of incoherence and at times demonstrable unfairness.” That was written in 2001, so it has now been more than 30 years.


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