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01.10.20

Judicial Council 1/Association of Administrative Law Judges on Capitol Hill

Association of Administrative Law Judges/IFPTE Judicial Council 1 (AALJ) President, Judge Melissa McIntosh not only showed union solidarity this week by attending the FLRA hearings where National Association of Immigration Judges/IFPTE Judicial Council 2 leadership testified to save their union, she also made time to visit Capitol Hill and with disability rights groups regarding the Social Security Administration’s recent published rule aimed at denying due process rights to disability claimants going through the disability adjudicatory process.

The rule was published on December 20th, just days before the holidays when lawmakers left Washington for the year, and would allow for disability cases that are normally be heard by independent Administrative Law Judges to be shifted to non-independent Attorney Examiners whose decisions could be influenced by management and political interference.

Judge McIntosh, who was joined by IFPTE legislative staff, met with the office of Ways and Means Committee member, Illinois Congressman Danny Davis.

RELATED:
1.8.2020 – Administrative Law Judges Decry Social Security Rule that Would Take Cases Out of Their Hands (GovExec)

Read the AALJ Letter to Hill Regarding Rule Denying Due Process to Disability Claimants

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