Martin J. O’Malley Sworn in as Commissioner of Social Security Administration

December 20, 2023 • By

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Last Updated: December 20, 2023

Social Security Administration LogoMartin J. O’Malley was sworn in today by Senator Ben Cardin as Commissioner of Social Security to a term that expires on January 19, 2025.

Commissioner O’Malley expressed his gratitude for being chosen to lead the Social Security Administration. “I am honored for the opportunity of a lifetime to lead Social Security’s outstanding public servants forward, together, in such an important mission to help the agency to deliver critical services to the American people,” said Commissioner O’Malley. “Social Security is the most far-reaching and important act of social and economic justice that the people of the United States have ever enacted. For tens of millions of Americans across our country, Social Security is the difference between living with dignity or living in poverty.”

A lifelong public servant, Commissioner O’Malley brings a vast amount of experience to the position. He served as Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015, following two terms as Mayor of the City of Baltimore. Prior to being elected Mayor, he served as a member of the Baltimore City Council from 1991 to 1999 and Assistant States Attorney for the City of Baltimore before that.

Commissioner O’Malley is a pioneer in using performance-management and customer service technologies in government and has written extensively about how to govern for better results in the Information Age by measuring the outputs of government on a real-time basis.

As Commissioner, Mr. O’Malley will be responsible for administering the Social Security retirement, disability, and survivors insurance programs that pay over 1.4 trillion dollars annually in benefits to more than 66 million beneficiaries, as well as the Supplemental Security Income program that provides cash assistance to approximately 7.5 million people with limited income and resources. The agency has a workforce of about 61,000 employees and 1,500 facilities across the country and around the world.

Since 2016, Commissioner O’Malley has lectured on public administration at numerous universities and institutions, including the University of Maryland, Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Boston College School of Law.

Commissioner O’Malley graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1985, and earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1988.  He and his wife of over 30 years, Judge Katie Curran O’Malley, have four children, Grace, Tara, William, and Jack.

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  1. Debora M.

    Oh good, perhaps O’Malley can ensure the system gets much needed reform it needs immediately. I retired 1 year ago after serving 50 years in gov’t and have been receiving subpar service from SSA and Medicare ever since. THIS IS A DISGRACE. There are rude, incompetent people who need to be replaced. Listen to us please. Do something, we deserve better.

  2. Teofilo U.

    Hellow pleace chek my SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRACION Teofilo Uchupaille ***-**-**** My birthey 12-16-1984 me is Single the my country Ecuador please for my menssaje in my correo electronic

    • Sue

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  3. Teofilo U.

    hello my name is Teofilo Uchupaille chek mhy ssa see my correo electronico

  4. Joe B.

    Gov O’Malley is the same Maryland Governor who implemented the “Rain Tax”. All this guy knows how to do is tax & spend. Please keep him away from Social Security before he screws that up too.

  5. Maurece

    I am a disabled person that applied for disability I have been waiting over a year to get back pay which is owed to me. I would love to know why as an American, tax paying citizen I have to wait with no income for a year. How do you expect people to survive through this waiting period? I have paid in to social security for years and now that I need that money I have to fight for it. I’m sorry to come across as angry but i’m living wondering when I will be evicted from my home. please help me

    • Sue

      We’re sorry to hear about your situation, Maurece. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We encourage you to work with your local Social Security office. You can ask to speak to a supervisor on your next call or visit. You can also submit feedback by visiting our How can we help? webpage. Once there, select the “Email Us” link. This will take you to the “Email Our Support Team” form where you can submit a compliment, complaint, or suggestion. We hope this is resolved soon.

  6. Hugh S.

    If I could give one bit of advice to the new Commissioner it would be to limit the output you are measuring. When I was a SSA manager more and more outcomes were capable of being measured. Too many became goals that had to be achieved. The thinking seemed to be “if we can measure it, it must be important.” Everything that could be measured became a priority.

    Pick what is important to the core values of Social Security Administration and measure only them.

  7. Vincent H.

    Congratulations commissioner O’Malley!!! I hope you are allowed to hit the ground running. I’ve been dealing with SSDI case for 3 yrs last week. The Review Council vacated my ALJ decision in September. I just got my 2nd hearing yesterday for April. My car has repossessed, I’ve been evicted and 16 yrs doesn’t want to deal with me anymore!
    Congratulations and Merry Christmas!!!

    • Danial M.

      I filled my ssd claim in 2010 I got rejected 3 times, I finally got approved in 2020, the after calling them twice a week for over a year I finally got my back pay. My lawyers Citizens Disability) didn’t do anything to help me get my approval, and the weren’t helping me get my backpack. I did all the work. A year after I got my back pay (2yrs had lapsed) they contacted me wanting to get their 10% I feel as if I don’t owe a thing. They gave up any right to being payed after the first year had paypast. I hope you have better luck than I did

  8. Meredith

    Congratulations Commissioner O’Malley.

    looking forward to seeing how the SSA works with regional and local organizations to be more effective and more efficient.

  9. Jami

    Here’s hoping Commissioner O’Malley hits the ground running.
    Audience of 70 M …We’ve been waiting long enough.
    Number One is Disability. There’s only a finite number of diseases or handicaps.
    Photo ID will ascertain some. From there, use state public school nurses for short interviews—- home, drive- through or medical van. If no case result in payment in 45 days, pay Interim, say, fail will mean reimbursement.
    This, to keep people from living in their cars. Pay Interim.

    Understand real world…it’s hard to get doctors to do more paperwork. Get it my next time in, fine. But they don’t need more work.
    Use existing medical report/s or provide your SSA doctor review.
    Every single SSA form must be redone. A third of the form page is SSA Shoptalk.
    Give annuitants a place to do input. Each SSA form is unusable.

    Then, get rid of Overpayment. Return the money. Change the ambiguous term.
    Unless SSA can prove what happened, expunge, and return the money.
    Clawback. What an insulting and loaded term.

    No more backlogs.

    Hire temps, NTE 700 hours, anything to get things where they should be for the American people and the Biden Administration.


    Thank you for your service


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