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. Luella L.

    When I Google the Ala Moana Social Security phone number, it now gives the Mainland phone number (800) 772-1213.
    Lucky I saved the Ala Moana Social Security phone number (855) 572-4879. I called that number told the person who answered the phone, I wanna know why I got my first check end of November, none in December and when I look online at My Social Security, it says I’m only gonna get 18.00 for January? She asked for my information and put me on hold. I didn’t know she directed me to another lady that not answering the phone haha.

    • Sue

      We’re sorry to hear about your situation, LuellaFor your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We encourage you to call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or continue to work with your local Social Security office. You may ask to speak to a supervisor on your next call or visit. We hope this is resolved soon.


  2. John S.

    Martin O’Malley was failed Mayor of Baltimore crime soared under his watch as Governor he never met a tax he did not like 👍 including taxing the rain tax, and of course failed. Presidential candidate. Anyone remember 50 million dollar failed website for the affordable care act and 15 million dollars MD taxpayers had to pay CT to get one the works, But like most Democrats when you fail at something you get promoted Great pick Joe, smh.

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  3. Dwight S.

    I have been trying to get through to Social Security for months and not able to get a hold of someone. I need to speak with Social Security regarding representative payee.

    • Sue

      We apologize for your experience, Dwight. Please try again to contact your local Social Security office or call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wait times to speak to a representative are typically shorter Wednesdays through Fridays or later in the day. For more information about how to contact us, please visit our How can we help? webpage. You can learn more about our representative payee program here. We hope this helps.

    • Luella L.

      Social Security Office keep telling me I’m going get paid since Nov 21, 2023!!
      Telling me I’m not the only one Disabled in this world, sad they talk to me like that.

      Giving me all Kinds of dates of when I going get my monthly and back pay since NOV 27, 2023.
      We went to Social Security Office at 300 Ala Moana blvd.
      The guy said in 10 days after that we get a QR Code, type that in and the next day I get my back pay, never did.
      My Social Security online isn’t giving me correct information. I got paid this past November, but nothing now, they took away my money and said I’m only gonna get paid 18.00 in January 2024.
      My Social Security online not updating, it keeps vanishing.

  4. Keith B.

    I just wanted to know how to talk to a person in charge instead of the screen looking person with no real answer. My problem been going on for over a year now. Talk to local people in the office not much help there hands are tied unable to get anywhere help

    • Sue

      We’re sorry to hear about your situation, Keith. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We encourage you to continue to work with your local Social Security office. You may ask to speak to a supervisor on your next call or visit. You can also contact us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this matter is resolved soon.

      • Keisha B.

        Why do you keep suggesting that he calls the 1800 772 1213…. It’s a waste of time and these comments are spot on, the Social Security Administration is a joke and it’s unfortunate that nobody cares!!!!

    • Luella L.

      Go back to that Office and ask for a complaint form! Mail it out on your own! Paper trail is better!

  5. Bawlmer M.

    As a Baltimore and Maryland resident under the tyrannical reign of Good Old Marty, WTH??? How did this travesty occur??? The man is good at playing guitar and singing in his old band, O’Malley’ March. He really should stick with that. As a leader, he is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Speak to any public servant of Baltimore, the kids of all the inner city libraries and programs he defended ot those of us who were victim of The Rain Tax, yes, he taxed the days it rained. One of the most arrogant and narcissistic individuals I ever met, in person. As for being the family man portrayed, ask about his twins with the local news anchor woman. A real waste of protoplasm.

  6. Tony

    He is a democratic political bureaucrat whose job might end on January 19, 2025 if a Republican President is elected to the White House.

    He needs to makes changes to reduce fraud and waste of taxpayers money.

    The VA budget has balloon to billions of dollars every year because of fraud and waste. These veterans commit fraud because the VA doesn’t implement and enforce their laws.

    The SSA has a trial work period in which their disability is protected. The VA has a trial work period too, but their is no mention of it at all in their regulations or under any program.

    The trial work period under 38 U.S.C. 1163 only protects disability rating of veterans with a TDIU rating of 90% or less. Those with a 100% Permanent & Total disability rating are not protected and will have their disability rating reduced if they perform a substantial gainful occupation.

    All the VA employees believes the veterans can work with 100% Permanent and Total rating and the misinformation cause fraud to go rampant.

    It is sad that all these veterans working are getting paid taxpayers money for disability that prevents them from working.

    The biggest fraud that happened recently are the veterans who became pilots and get 100% P&T disability.

    These 100% P&T VA rating are fake as hell at the VA. The VA isn’t following their own laws when rating the veterans 100% P&T and think the veteran can still be able work and receive 100% P&T.

    The VA doesn’t have a trial work period program and doesn’t know that the 100% P&T disability rating is not protected if they work a substantial gainful occupation.

    These scammers with the fake 100% P&T VA disability work to become eligible for Social Security disability and get their cases expedited.

    The SSA should form a task force with the VA to end the fake 100% P&T disability rating.

    • Tony

      If you search the VA website for trial work period, then you won’t find it. Under 38 U.S.C. 1163, TDIU is protected and the 100% P&T schedular is not protected.

      The VA tells the public and organizations the opposite and says the 100% P&T schedular is protected and the TDIU is not protected.

      The VA even tells the SSA this false information and the SSA mistakenly approves these 100% P&T schedular disability rating who have worked and expedite these fake 100% P&T cases.

      How can they work and still have a 100% P&T schedular rating? The SSA needs to tell the VA to correct this misinformation.

    • Tony

      It is sad the SSA can’t catch these frauds because the VA won’t do their job.

      Many people know there is a lot of fraud at the VA with the 100% P&T rating for PTSD.

      The 100% P&T schedular mental rating is for veterans with both total occupational and social impairment. If their service-connected disability only prevents them from working, then they would only get a 70% P&T rating with TDIU.

      Many of these veterans don’t have both a total occupational impairment and a total social impairment and rated 100% P&T. The SSA can look at their medical records and see that there is no total social impairment.

      If they work with a 100% P&T schedular disability rating, then their rating should be reduced. The SSA shouldn’t be expediting these claim because they aren’t 100% P&T.

    • Marc P.

      The SSA and the VA are two totally separate entities. They do not share a common fund nor are they operated together by the SSA. You have a beef with the VA, take it up with them, not the SSA.

  7. Leonel E.

    Hello my name leonel Etienne can we help me I need my social security please

    • Sue

      Thanks for reading our blog, Leonel. 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 or contact us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wait times to speak to a representative are typically shorter Wednesdays through Fridays or later in the day. We hope this helps.

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  9. Danial M.

    It’s a lie about us living with dignity! Personally I can’t afford a low budget apartment and pay for utilities, and pay for everyday needs such as groceries, personal care items, ECT. With having both ssd & ssi I make just barely over $1100. A month. We are far below the poverty level. That why most ssd & ssi recpricants live in the street.

  10. George S.

    As a retired Social Security employee of 35+ years, our commissioner privately survey , the rank&file on reforms, nor screened thru management. Put it into the lump sum death benefit nobody lives on it. Also terminate all totalization agreements. If someone leaves the country to make their fortune, swear it’s up to them to qualify for those foreign pensions. It is fiscally responsible. Far more gets paid out and comes back in.


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