President Barack Obama has appointed Carolyn W. Colvin as the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Ms. Colvin was previously the Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, having served since December 2010. She is also a Trustee to the Social Security Board of Trustees. Ms. Colvin’s appointment was triggered by the resignation of Commissioner Astrue in February 2013.
Ms. Colvin has a long and distinguished career in public service. She is the recipient of many awards and recognition. President Obama must next nominate a candidate for the balance of Mr. Astrue’s term. The U.S. Senate Finance Committee will have to interview and approve the next nominee and permanent Commissioner of Social Security. This will be a daunting job over the balance of President Obama’s term.