Three Dems urge changes to Social Security Administration's discrimination policies

Three Maryland Democrats are urging the Social Security Administration (SSA) to quickly implement changes to improve its discrimination and harassment complaints process. 

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTop intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Overnight Cybersecurity: Panel pushes agencies on dropping Kaspersky software | NC county won't pay ransom to hackers | Lawmakers sound alarm over ISIS 'cyber caliphate' Flynn told associate Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up’ early in Trump presidency MORE and Sens. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiClinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere MORE and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinDems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' Dems put hold on McFarland nomination over contradictory testimony: report MORE recently sent a letter to the SSA expressing “deep concern” about a report issued last week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that showed the agency falling well short of federal requirements. 

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"These findings — and the EEOC’s recommendations to provide efficient and effective services to SSA employees — require immediate attention,” the lawmakers wrote.

The report found that the SSA failed to effectively manage discrimination complaints in a timely manner or implement anti-harassment policies.  

The report also found that SSA did not take the steps necessary to bring its Equal Employment Opportunity program into compliance with federal regulations and EEOC guidance.

They called on SSA to “provide a timeline with the specific dates by which SSA will fully comply with each recommendation made by EEOC."

They also requested documents from the agency, including copies of materials used for any anti-discrimination employee training.

The EEOC evaluation came in response to repeated complaints in the past few years regarding “the agency’s failure to comply with laws, regulations and other EEOC directives and the high rate of complaints alleging workplace harassment.”

The EEOC made 12 findings relating to the agency's failure to efficiently handle the complaint process, provide proper training and implement anti-harassment policies.

The agency made more than 60 recommendations for changes.

The lawmakers are arguing that the SSA has refused to implement several of the changes, including failing to have the head of its EEOC program report to the SSA.