Washington Post: SSDI is the “the biggest backlog in the federal government”

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Washington Post: SSDI is the “the biggest backlog in the federal government”

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http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/?p=22176

Video Length

Two minutes and twenty-seven seconds

Grade Level

High School & Above

Summary

On October 18th, as part of its ongoing “Where Government Falls Apart” series, the Washington Post published an extensive expose of the bureaucratic challenges facing the Social Security Disability Insurance system or SSDI. The article begins, “In an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that is 990,399 cases behind. That is Washington’s backlog of backlogs…”

Review Questions

About how many new applications for SSDI were filed in fiscal year 2014?

 

Who is in charge of reviewing appeals when benefits are denied?

 

Were any disability advocacy groups interviewed for this article?

 

Free Writing Prompt

What do you think of the federal government’s largest backlog being for disability insurance?

 

Do you think the increase in applications is the only reason for the backlog?

 

Do you think that identifying and publicizing flaws with our government is patriotic or not?

 

Original Story Link: http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/washington-post-ssdi-is-the-the-biggest-backlog-in-the-federal-government/                                                                          Release Date: October 28th, 2014