On September 24, 2019, David Fabian Black was confirmed as the new Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. His nomination was originally submitted in the prior Congress for a term ending in January 2019 but it was not acted upon by the Senate. His nomination was resubmitted during the current Congress and confirmed for a term ending January 19, 2025.
Black worked as White House Senior Advisor at SSA until his confirmation. Prior to that, he served as SSA General Counsel from October 2007 to July 2015. At his confirmation hearing, Black identified as his goals the reduction of payment errors, waste, fraud, and abuse; improving public service, such as wait times at field offices and when calling the 1-800 number; program simplification; and protection of private data.