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The 6-year term of Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue is complete on Saturday January 19th, and he will depart the SSA. Here is a timeline of Mr. Astrue's term compiled by Charles Hall.

Despite strong progress addressing the hearing backlog of disability claims, Mr. Astrue may be best remembered by Social Security disability lawyers for his "secret ALJ" policy, and his less-than-endearing reponse to criticism of that policy.

No word yet on a nominee to become the next Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

Update: Commissioner Astrue will remain until the close of business on Wednesday, February 13th. Still no word on a nominee to become the next Commissioner.