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  •  Not clear to me. (12+ / 0-)

    The inner workings of the Social Security Office of General Counsel, and how they interact with the local US Attorney's office, are somewhat murky to outsiders. I know the following:

    1. The US Attorney can assert final say but as a practical matter defers heavily to OGC.

    2. The local OGC branch chief can make a big difference.

    3. If OGC lawyers settle too many cases--that is, agree SSA made the wrong decision--it hurts them at personnel evaluation time.

    For the most part I have no use for Rudy Giuliani. But I will always respect him for one thing: when he was US Attorney in New York in the early 1980s, he eventually told Social Security his office would no longer represent SSA on "termination" cases because the Reagan administration was taking ridiculous positions, both legally and factually, to try to terminate the disability benefits of those who remained disabled.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Tue Dec 20, 2011 at 04:18:46 AM PST

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