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Announcement from SSA:
Budget Cuts Force Reduced Public Hours
Beginning August 15, 2011, Social Security field offices nationwide will close to the public 30 minutes early each day. That means a field office that is usually open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will close at 3:30 p.m. each day.
"While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow us to complete face-to-face service with the visiting public without incurring the cost of overtime for our employees," said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. "Congress provided our agency with nearly $1 billion less than the President requested for our budget this fiscal year, which makes it impossible for us to provide the amount of overtime needed to handle service to the public as we have in the past."
Save The Date: October 13, 2011
1st Annual Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference
October 13, 2011
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church
1128 Pennsylvania Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland Food Access and Nutrition Network presents the 1st Annual Fighting Hunger in Maryland Conference. The event will focus on food access and nutrition, outreach strategies, and best practices for practitioners, providers, advocates, and policymakers throughout the state.
USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon will kick off the event with a keynote address.
Discussion topics will include reaching underserved populations, such as seniors, rural communities, and Latinos; the impact of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act on federal nutrition programs; and increasing food access in food deserts.
Help us promote the event by emailing and posting this flyer on the conference (pdf).
For more information, contact Jillien Meier, Maryland Hunger Solutions, at email@example.com or (410) 528-0021 x25.
On Thursday, September 1 at 9:30 am, we will be having our next Public Benefits Task Force meeting in the second floor conference room in the Baltimore City office and via Go To Meeting. Please let me know by close of business on Tuesday, August 30 if you have any agenda items you’d like to add. I'll circulate the agenda on Wednesday, August 31 in advance of Thursday's meeting.
Public Benefits Task Force Meeting
September 1, 2011
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
BALTIMORE (2nd Floor Conference Room)
- LAB’s Social Services Appeals Rights brochure
- UI Decisions on MD Justice
- MSBA Administrative Law Council
- Medicaid Advisory Committee – cost containment issues
- Potential class action litigation to address MA-ABD and MA-LTC delays
- Health Information Technology focus group
- Trainings and Conferences, past and future
- May 2011 NOSSCR conference
- Inaugural Fighting Hunger in Maryland conference, October 13
- case staffings
Instructions for joining the meeting by Go To Meeting:
1. Join the meeting by clicking on the URL link above.
2. Call the conference line at:
Dial +1 (714) 551-0020
Access Code: 662-122-238
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
If you need to know how to get that Facebook page, or Tweet, into evidence, this is the case for Maryland.
If I ever get a breather, I collected some good materials from a training I helped create and present at the MD Bar Association meeting in July. This was one of the cases we reviewed for Maryland, and is the primary test for evidence now.
Without meaning to offend the prosecutors in this case, the evidence presented on where the documents came from, and who had control over the website, was pretty thin. As a result, it is now more important than ever that attorneys understand technology well enough to use it, or defend against it, in trial.
Westlaw link to the decision - you have to have a Westlaw account to access the page: Griffin v. State of MD.
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