According to White House officials, President Joe Biden removed Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, who was nominated by previous President Donald Trump, after he refused to quit.
Unnamed White House officials earlier informed NBC News, The Washington Post, and The New York Times that Biden had requested Saul to quit.
“Since taking office, Commissioner Saul has undermined and politicised Social Security disability benefits, terminated the agencies telework policy that was utilised by up to 25 percent of the agency’s workforce, not repaired SSA’s relationships with relevant federal employee unions, including in the context of COVID-19 workplace safety planning, reduced due process protections for benefits appeals hearings, and taken other actions that run contrary to the mission of the agency and the president’s policy agenda,”
According to the insider, Biden also requested the resignation of Saul’s deputy, David Black, who accepted.
Kilolo Kijakazi, the SSA’s deputy commissioner for retirement and disability policy, will act as interim commissioner until a permanent replacement is found.
Saul, on the other hand, has stated that he would not resign, claiming that Biden has the power to do so. He stated that he intends to report to work on Monday am.
“I consider myself the term-protected commissioner of Social Security,” he told The Post. “This was the first I or my deputy knew this was coming. It was a bolt of lightning no one expected. And right now it’s left the agency in complete turmoil.”