A letter put together by members of the House is calling for the removal of certain administrative law judges who review applications for social security disability benefits. Some members of Congress claim a group of judges is too lenient in their approval process. The letter accuses these judges of "rubber stamping" applications for approval that enter the social security appeals process, instead of completing a proper review.
The letter, written by a group of members of Congress and sent to the acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), also made allegations of mismanagement and abuse in both the initial social security disability determination process and the appeals process. Additional concerns included the use of "arbitrary production goals" in an attempt to "clear the backlog of cases instead of protecting American taxpayers," according to a recent report by The Washington Times.