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Statement of Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security

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Friday, January 28, 2005 Mark Lassiter, Press Officer
For Immediate Release 410-965-8904 FAX 410-966-9973

SOCIAL SECURITY

News Release

Statement of Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security
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Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security, issued the following statement:

“There has been a lot of misinformation lately and I am glad to have this opportunity to set the record straight.

“I have never, nor will I ever, ask or direct Social Security employees to promote or advance any specific proposal for Social Security reform. Our job at Social Security is to provide services and benefits and to educate the American public about the programs and finances of Social Security.

“The role the Social Security Administration plays in educating the public, as well as the messages we are using, have not changed in the past decade.”

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