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Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors' benefits. To qualify for these benefits, most American workers pay Social Security taxes on their earnings; future benefits are based on the employees' contributions. (Source: Wikipedia)

Perhaps you are working for the SSA or interested in working for the SSA. Here is a forum to share your experience with the SSA.

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#1 Posted : Sunday, October 08, 2017 7:13:40 AM(UTC)

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Hi, just curious to know if you've been hired in SSA HQ as a Program Analyst as GS 12, how long should you stay within your job as a GS 12 to apply for GS 13 which can be either a Program Analyst GS 13, or Management Analyst GS 13, or Social Insurance Specialist GS 13? Thanks in advance!
#2 Posted : Thursday, November 30, 2017 2:09:52 AM(UTC)

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I don't mean to be smug, but the minimum requirement for the next higher grade is 52 weeks as the immediately lower grade. One year is the short answer. The more robust answer, however, depends on how strong you feel your skillset is. That is what will ultimately determine your ability to succeed in the next position. Generally, the first year or so, you are just learning your position, but again, if you have a diversified experience, or if you are simply ready to move on to something else--put in for the other job. I began applying for other jobs IMMEDIATELY after hitting the 52 week mark as a 12.
The fact of the matter is that SSA is not a very progressive agency in terms of developing you for anything higher than you currently are. If you aren't planning your next move and crafting it now such that it is your next BEST move, SSA is doing nothing for you. I see nothing wrong with at minimum applying for other grade 13 jobs, if no other reason than to see how strong a candidate you would be or to see what bites.
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