Social Security in Review

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New SSA Executive

On November 22, 1999, William A. Halter was sworn in as the Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. As the independent agency's first Deputy Commissioner, he serves as Chief

Operating Officer and as Secretary to the Social Security Board of Trustees. Mr. Halter indicates that he will focus on building on existing infrastructures to develop support in the appropriations process and in developing partnerships for new legislation. "Dealing with stakeholders and with Congress has taken on added dimensions now that SSA has independent agency status," stated Mr. Halter, "and we are planning to do more to advance our relationships with both."

Mr. Halter previously served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget where he coordinated activities of the President's Management Council, as the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. Mr. Halter holds economic degrees from Stanford University and from Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

New Associate Commissioner of ORP

Former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly, Counselor at the Social Security Administration who works closely with the Commissioner and Members of Congress, also currently holds the position of Associate Commissioner of the Office of Retirement Policy. The Office of Retirement Policy is responsible for providing analysis and development in the areas of social insurance, financing, and economic policy.

A life-long resident of Hartford, Connecticut, Ms. Kennelly received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. She earned a certificate from the Harvard Business School on completion of the HarvardRadcliffe Program in Business Administration, and a Master's degree in Government from Trinity College, Hartford. Prior to joining SSA, former Congresswoman Kennelly served 9 terms in Congress and was the Secretary of the State of Connecticut. She replaces James Roosevelt who left the agency in November 1999.

SSA's Electronic Newsletter

Get the latest Social Security news at the click of the mouse. Beginning March 1, 2000, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will send Social Security news as it happens to individuals and organizations across America who request it. SSA's new service, Social Security e-news, is an electronic newsletter available free to subscribers through the Agency's Internet site, Social Security Online. Beginning February 15, subscribers can sign-up for Social Security e-news by providing their e-mail address.

"Social Security e-news will provide the latest Social Security information to subscribers the minute it is made public," said William Halter, Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. "We hope that beneficiaries, workers, employers and professionals who handle Social Security issues will all find Social Security e-news very useful and timely."

Subscribers to Social Security e-news will have several options available to them. Just by subscribing, they will receive a monthly newsletter containing general Social Security news. The stories will relate to current program developments and related events and be geared to the information needs of both current workers and beneficiaries.

In addition to the monthly general newsletter, subscribers can also elect to receive timely news updates on specific topics. Subscribers will be able to select specialized news in the areas of

* Disability

* Law and Regulations

* Retirement

* Press Office

* Survivors

* Survivors

* Wage Reporting

* Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Issues

* Data, Studies, and Research

* Medicare

Each brief story contained in Social Security e-news will be hyperlinked to the location on SSA's Web side where more information on the subject is available. Social Security e-news will provide subscribers with quick access to the vast volume of information generated on Social Security Online without the need to surf the `net. …