Michael J Astrue was the head of the social security program since 2007 and was nominated for the position by former president, George W. Bush. With his term coming to an end, he has taken some parting shots at congress over the current state of the program. He said that they have “really walked away from Social Security” and they are leaving the program “fraying because of inattention to its problems.” Currently the trustees who oversee the program are saying that the Social Security Program is expected to run out of funds by 2033 because of an increase in the number of claims for social security benefits. Throughout his term, he regularly urged congress to address the long term problems. Astrue has said in a recent interview with the AP that a cut to benefits and an increase in taxes will be inevitable. The interview with Michael J Astrue can found here.