President Trump has signed an executive order that changes the way administrative law judges are hired. Trump’s executive order eliminates exams and competitive hiring processes for administrative law judges, and leaves hiring authority to agency heads, reports the ABA Journal. There are about 1,900 administrative law judges in the federal government, but the vast majority of them work for the Social Security administration, according to the Washington Post. According to a member of Trump’s staff, the only requirement to become an administrative law judge is an active bar license or a state judgeship.
According to The Washington Post, 10,000 people have died in the past year waiting on disability benefits because of a backlog in the judicial system. 55-year-old Joe Stewart waited almost two years — 597 days — for a decision on federal disability benefits, after being rejected twice. In the past two years, the Post reports more than 18,000 have died while awaiting a judge’s decision on benefits. The simplest explanation? There simply isn’t enough money. More on the desperate situation is available at The Washington Post.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy introduced a bill last week that would prevent Social Security benefits from being garnished to pay student loans.