JC1 and Local 30 Visit Capitol Hill
President of the Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ/IFPTE Judicial Council #1), Judge Marilyn Zahm, and AALJ Vice President, Judge Linda Stagno, were on Capitol Hill to visit with the staff of key lawmakers and congressional committees to discuss the AALJ’s views on reforming the Social Security disability adjudicatory process.
The major points put forward by Judges Zahm and Stagno involved the union’s views on creating a more efficient process while preserving the due process rights of disability claimants. Among the offices visited were Senator Chuck Schumer (NY), House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI), and the House Social Security Subcommittee and the Senate Finance Committee.
Also on Capitol Hill recently was Western Federal Area Vice President/IFPTE Local 30 President Lee Stone, who visited several committee and lawmaker offices related to IFPTE’s views on NASA's budget and overall federal employee concerns, including official time, the hiring freeze, and the impending April 28th continuing resolution expiration when all the government’s current funding will run out. Stone also carried a message to lawmakers regarding IFPTE’s concern for EPA workers represented by ESC/IFPTE Local 20 in the Bay Area who are facing steep budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration.
Judges Zahm and Stagno, as well as Stone, were accompanied on their Hill visits by IFPTE legislative staff.
3/1/2017 – White House eyes plan to cut EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs (Washington Post)
1/27/2017 - Trump's Hiring Freeze May Worsen 526-Day Disability Case Backlog (Bloomberg) IFPTE Judicial Council 1