On Friday, January 20, 2017, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin resigned. Nancy A. Berryhill, Deputy Commissioner for Operations (DCO), will serve as Acting Commissioner based on SSA’s succession plan.
The new Acting Commissioner has been with SSA for over 40 years. Prior to assuming the position of DCO, she was the Regional Commissioner of the Chicago region. She has held numerous management and technical positions in SSA. In one of her first acts as Acting Commissioner, Ms. Berryhill notified all SSA personnel of the hiring freeze imposed by the new president.
It remains unclear when a new Commissioner will be appointed by the president, or who that might be. The president’s SSA transition team is apparently headed up by Mike Korbey, former senior advisor to the principal deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration in George W. Bush’s administration. Former Reagan Social Security Commissioner Dorcas Hardy, Former Social Security Inspector General Patrick O’Carroll, and former Social Security General Counsel David Black serve on the transition team, as does Tom Leppert, a former Republican mayor of Dallas. Several of these members have been known to support either partial privatization of Social Security and/or raising the retirement age.