I visited the Ansonia Social Security (SSA) office today, and met with the snippy Miss Hardy, the field service rep who is handling my SSA-561-U2 appeal. I met with her on June 5, and I have to work with her, I am afraid.
I am to present an offer that might begin negotiations on what SSA calls a “Compromise Settlement.” Unfortunately, my offer will be based on what I can pay in one shot to settle this. In a compromise settlement, no staggered payments can be offered. So I am prepared to offer only what cash we can. Of course, this is a very small amount of the disputed overpayment amount.
First, though, I have already contacted the constituent services office of our US Rep (CT-2nd), and they have agreed to review the particulars of this battle with SSA. Before I respond to SSA, I expect to meet with the constituent services people. The upshot at this time is that the seven-year problem with SSA will be settled soon, somehow. Moreover, of course, being out of work now changes the dynamic somewhat. SSA is going to have to negotiate with me, and since I am not working, this might alter the equation in my favor.
I am not out to bash all government workers, but SSA employs a majority of idiots. Really. I could not explain this situation without taking up too much bandwidth, but suffice to say, I am far more bullish that the SSA issue will be settled in full in the next 60 days. I am happy for that.