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Social Security waits anxiously for Trump to nominate commissioner

Social Security waits anxiously for Trump to nominate commissioner

As he moves quickly to build his administration, President Donald Trump has offered little indication about who he will nominate as the next commissioner of the Social Security Administration — an agency that has gone four years without a permanent leader.

The Woodlawn-based agency faces massive challenges administering its programs to 61 million beneficiaries, and is heading toward unpredictable battles over cuts to entitlement programs favored by congressional Republicans.

New presidents often wait months before naming a Social Security commissioner. But the agency has now been without a Senate-confirmed leader since 2013, when the term of Bush appointee Michael J. Astrue...

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