SSA Commissioner Michael J. Astrue’s Term Ending

Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Michael J. Astrue will step down this month after completing his scheduled six-year term.

Astrue’s exit gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to name a new head to the federal government’s largest program.

Former President George W. Bush nominated Astrue in 2007. Obama’s nominee will have a term that would last beyond his presidency, as Social Security commissioners are appointed to serve six-year terms.

“I consider it a great privilege to have led this remarkable agency,” Astrue said in a statement.

The Associated Press reported that Asture worked to reduce backlogs of people applying for disability claims. We wish Asture luck in his future endeavors.

If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability benefits, the SSA considers requirements are that:

  • You cannot do work that you did before
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year
  • Your disability could result in death

If you have questions about an application for disability benefits, do not hesitate to contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers for a free consultation. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.

Troutman Touts: For people receiving SSDI benefits, the SSA will conduct a Continuing Disability Review approximately every three years.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys



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