August 06,2010

Grassley Questions Lack of Oversight of Social Security Administrative Leave

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley is questioning why several Social Security Administration employees have accumulated thousands of hours of paid administrative leave, with little to no oversight from their managers.  The leave totals were documented in an agency inspector general report.

“Managers at the Social Security Administration at times put employees on administrative leave and seemed to forget about them,” Grassley said.  “Several employees racked up thousands of hours of leave apiece and earned top salaries while not working, but no one could produce any documentation about why the employees were put on leave in the first place.  Social Security has to do a better job of tracking who’s on leave and for how long.  This is a waste of taxpayer money and bad management.”

Grassley wrote to the commissioner of Social Security, asking for an accounting of steps to ensure more oversight of paid administrative leave. 

Grassley is ranking member of the Committee on Finance, with Senate jurisdiction over Social Security.