Michael J Astrue has been the Social Security Commissioner for the past 6 years, but he will be stepping down in February. The recession has caused an increase in the amount of people applying for disability benefits and he worked hard to reduce this backlog of applications. Social Security funds are expected to run out by 2033 since the agency will only be able to pay 75% of the benefits. Because of this Astrue urged congress to shore up the finances of the Social Security program to prevent this from happening
A full term for a social security commissioner is 6 year and Astrue was nominated in 2007 by George W. Bush. Before becoming commissioner, he was involved in public service for many years. He was previously a counselor to the Social Security Commissioner and general counsel. For more information about Michael J Astrue, you can read the full story here.