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For Immediate Release

Linda Benesch, 240-342-4301,

Social Security Beneficiaries and SSA Employees Agree: Joe Biden Needs to Clean House on Day One

The following is a statement from


The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works:

"This week, two unions representing Social Security Administration (SSA) employees -- AFGE Council 220 and the Association of Administrative Law Judges -- announced votes of no confidence in the agency's leadership. In surveys, members of both unions expressed an overwhelming lack of confidence in Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul and Deputy Commissioner David Black.

These votes come amidst an ongoing effort from Social Security advocates and beneficiaries urging Joe Biden to remove Saul, Black, and Deputy Commissioner Mark Warshawsky (the apparent mastermind behind an ongoing regulatory war on disability beneficiaries) on day one of his administration. Our petition calling on Biden to clean house at SSA has nearly 225,000 signatures.

Social Security beneficiaries and SSA employees agree: Donald Trump's political appointees are undermining our Social Security system, and Biden must remove them immediately."

Social Security Works' mission is to: Protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations; Safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security; and Maintain Social Security as a vehicle of social justice.