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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. Adelaida P.

    For the record
    The thieves Pressler and Pressler
    How many times do you tell the thief pressler to not touch what’s not his As long as I am using direct deposit, which federal benefits are protected?

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    • Adelaida P.

      Who’s Mike Turner ?

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    • Adelaida P.

      Stolen illegal spine Bluetooth burglar for what?

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  2. Jim C.

    After waiting 2 hours to speak with a SSA representative at the local Santa Clara, Ca office, I was told by a Vietnamese SSA representative, that other SSA representatives do not know what they are talking about, that there is nothing you can do but wait, that she is trying her best, and then when I tried to ask specific questions, she disconnected the call. With employees like her, no wonder people get so mad and I have been waiting 3 years to get spousal benefits from when my 81 year old husband died from Covid. Get rid of these people! They are a disgrace and should be sent back to Vietnam without Social Security.

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    • Sue

      We’re sorry to hear about your experience, Jim. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We have forwarded your comments to our colleagues in California. We encourage you to continue to work with your local Social Security office. You can ask to speak with a supervisor on your next call or visit. Or you can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. You can also submit feedback by visiting our How can we help? webpage. From 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.

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  3. Wayne

    Got an increase in Soc Sec only to have the entire increase plus more go to Part B medicare payment.
    So, as of this year, after deductions, I get less each month than I got each month last year!

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    • Sue

      Hi, Wayne. Thanks for reading our blog and for your comment. Your 2024 Social Security COLA increase may be completely offset by the increase in the Medicare Part B premium. However, the Social Security Act contains a “hold harmless” provision that protects you. The amount of your 2024 benefit should stay the same even though the Part B premium has gone up. You can learn more about “hold harmless” by reading our blog. You’ll find more information about Medicare costs here. If you have questions, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. We hope this helps.

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  4. Gilbert L.

    Dear Mr. O’Malley l have a real problem getting my Filipino wife her social security card number and the first time it was filed for by my Visa coach in and around the year of 2022 and we got tired of the runaround at the Conroe Texas social security office about telling us there was over 200,000 social security cards that hadn’t been given out yet in my books that’s just an excuse for alibi so we go and file again December 28th of 2023 and we have the paperwork that says she should have her card and number within 7 days or two weeks ? So I called the number on the receipt the show when we filed the telephone number and it’s recorder says it will be an hour before there will be an answer so I hang on an hour only to get someone that’s in Pennsylvania the state of Pennsylvania and she tries to give me another number and I’ll try to explain to her why in that number that was on the paperwork serve the purpose to find out what’s going on with the process of this social security number and she would override me with her talk and try to give me another number and I hung up my wife tried it today which is the 30th of January I tried it the 26th of January and she had the same experience they give her a number to call saying this is where to find out about the social security card she wouldn’t wait hours for each one of them four different numbers and they put her through the same thing had her crying because she didn’t understand she’s from the Philippines why is this that way number after number was the wrong number or nobody wanted to help is this got something to do with the presidential or what I paid more money to people to get my fiance over here and we would have been married a year this last September and I’m still going through this mess I’m trying to get her a social security card she got a card from Homeland security that gives her the right to work if she’s got the social security card she’s had that almost 6 months this is not acceptable and I plan on writing to the president about it I don’t know what this is about I’m asking you with respect to check into this process because it’s not necessary to keep somebody on the phone for an hour waiting to get answered by social security employee only to find out they give us another number to call and then they turn around and say the same thing what is wrong with this picture I called today the 30th of January the recorder said the same thing again it will be an hour and 5 minutes before somebody can answer the phone you weren’t patiently only to get bad news that they’re telling you you called the wrong number to find out about your social security do I have stupid road on my face a kindergarten could figure this out they got a computer in front of their eyeballs they can get in that computer and see where are process went because it’s been a month now more than 7 days that we was told she would have her card so please do something about this.

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    • Sue

      We’re sorry to hear about your wife’s experience, Gilbert. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We encourage your wife to take her receipt and other documents to her local Social Security office. She can ask to speak with a supervisor on her next visit. You can mail correspondence to Commissioner Martin J. O’Malley. You’ll find contact information here. We hope your wife’s situation is resolved soon.

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  5. Lynda H.

    I desperately need the CONTACT information for Commissioner Martin O’Malley – PLEASE.

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    • Sue

      Thank you for reading our blog, Lynda. You can mail your correspondence to Commissioner Martin J. O’Malley. You’ll find contact information here.

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  6. Asim A.

    Martin J. O’Malley’s appointment as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration marks a significant step forward for the agency. His extensive background in public service, including his terms as Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore, positions him well to tackle the challenges and responsibilities of this role. His commitment to using performance-management and customer service technologies could bring much-needed modernization and efficiency to the SSA. As the SSA plays a critical role in the lives of millions of Americans, Commissioner O’Malley’s experience in governance and his understanding of public administration will be crucial in ensuring that the agency continues to serve the public effectively. Looking forward to seeing how he will leverage his experience and insights to enhance the SSA’s operations and service delivery.

    Regards ,
    Asim,
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  7. Rhoni J.

    Hello,i been sick since 1966 and then my mother received SSI for me as a child, fast forward i received SSi as of 18 had my sugary in1986 started feeling better and went to work, now where here in 2024 and they suspended my Benefits im 62 years of age unable to work now with congested heart failure, i dont feel well. This is a Common Practice wit the ssa office in Georgia

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    • Sue

      We’re sorry to hear about your situation, Rhoni. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to discuss your situation with a representative. Or you can continue to work with your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

       

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  8. Adelaida P.

    For this record I do not use my Medicare for six years the thief does never eye such test catch her you not me

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  9. Harry F.

    Dear Mr.O’Mally.
    Congradulations on your appointment.
    You have your work cut out for you. I am having a terrible time with LIMA, OHIO SS Admin. The incompetence of the public servants hired to help retirees ,and /or disabled is low grade. My name is Harry . I cannot work any longer due to 4 separate spine surgeries. No one at this office is held accountable. Ruining tens of thousand of eligible human lives doesn’t seem like it should be part of their job Description .

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    • Sue

      We’re sorry to hear of your experience, Harry. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We have forwarded your comments to our colleagues in Ohio. Please continue to work with your local Social Security office. You can ask to speak with a supervisor on your next call or visit. We hope this helps.

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  10. Melinda M.

    I applied for Social Security effective 1/1 on 11/14/23 online. I tried to call to check on the status and was told that they couldn’t tell me anything because my application was in process. It took multiple attempts and long wait times and disconnects to learn that information. I was told it could take 2-4 weeks and I could check the status online. When I check online, it says it is in progress. I tried again yesterday and was told it was still in progress. I asked who else I could call to follow up since it is now over 2 months. Of course, I called the number and it was closed so call back. I called back today. And got cut off every time when it said to press zero for the next available person. There was an option to press 1 for an extension which I tried 00000 because it had to be 5 digits. The call terminated. I called back and tried by name and just put in a letter. I got a person and was now told now after > 2 months from my online application that I am being sent a verification letter of the information I sent on 11/14 that I should receive any day now. She said that it could be 2-4 week turnaround time but she can tell me it is longer. I reminded her it was over 2 months. I also suggested that if a verification letter was SOP, why not trigger it to go out upon completion of the application not over 2 months afterwards. For someone who want more efficiency and automation, I’m afraid you are missing the mark. Putting in 2-4 week expectation is setting your employees up for upset customers if that isn’t an internal standard. Call 1-800-842-0588 and try to wait for the next operator. I would be interested in a conversation about my experiences. There is a serious need for process improvement. I requested a call back. It will be interesting to see if I get one and what kind of timeline I will have, if I get a call back.

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    • Sue

      We’re sorry to hear of your experience, Melinda. You can submit feedback by visiting our How can we help? webpage. From 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.

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