Lawmakers On Both Sides of Aisle Ramp Up Pressure for Permanent SSA Leader

Government Executive: The official who has been acting Social Security commissioner since the second day of the Trump administration is now serving in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Tuesday.

The letter from the GAO counsel came on the eve of a Wednesday hearing of a House Ways and Means subcommittee in which Chairman Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, implored President Trump to produce a nominee for the post. “Five years is too long” to rely on acting commissioners, Johnson said at a hearing of the Social Security subcommittee. “[Social Security] is too important to continue to leave things on autopilot. Mr. President, we need someone nominated, and we need it now.”

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