Our final meeting was with Ray Smietanka, Chief Counsel for the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee.
Last year, just before our mid-year Board meeting, the House passed the Federal Agency Compliance Act by an overwhelming margin.
opposed this bill, and the Senate companion bill, and we expressed our concerns about its impact on the disability program and, particularly, on Process Unification, to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate bill was never reported out of committee.
The 1998 legislation originated in the House Judiciary Committee
Although it is not expected to be re-introduced immediately it may be brought up again.
When Debi, David and I met with Mr. Smietanka
, we discussed our concerns about this particular legislation.
seemed responsive to our concerns; hopefully, if the bill is reintroduced in the House it will have fewer provisions aimed at changing SSA's
appeals process and which could jeopardize Process Unification.