Judicial Security
How to spot trouble
and how to deal with it
Who’s on first?
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SSA Organizational Structure
Commissioner of Social Security
8 Deputy Commissioners
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ODAR: Glenn Sklar
BFQM [OPSS]: Pete Spencer
Human Resources: Reginald Wells
Operations: Nancy Berryhill
Retirement and Disability Policy
Legislation and Congressional Affairs
Communications
Systems
Other SSA Offices
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Inspector General: Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr.
General Counsel: David F. Black
Actuary
Information Officer
Strategic Officer
Non-SSA Security Agencies
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FPS [Homeland Security]
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U.S. Marshals Service [Article III courts]
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FBI
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Local law enforcement [first responders]
Security in SSA
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Office of Security and Emergency
Preparedness [Assoc. Com. Jonas Garland]
Office of Protective Security Services
[Director Frank Lester]
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Part of BFQM
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Set Security Policy in SSA
FPS jurisdiction
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All federal owned or leased space [remote
sites].
Threats to any SSA employee.
LARs should get to know FPS officer in
charge of your building.
Office of Inspector General
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Inspector General: Patrick J. O’Carroll, Jr.
Deputy IG
Asst. IG—Investigations: Michael D.
Robinson
Asst. IG –Executive Operations
Asst. IG—Audit
Chief Counsel
OIG jurisdiction
All SSA owned or leased space [remote
sites].
Threats to any SSA employee.
Fugitive Felon Program.
What is leased space?
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In a commercial office building, a contract
guard has no jurisdiction over an incident
out side of ODAR leased space.
“If an [sic] SSA office is located in leased
space housing other tenants, the
Protective Security Officer has jurisdiction
over the office but not the lobby, corridors
or other office space not leased by the
Government.” AIMS 04.50.07C4
Nuts and Bolts
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What claimants cause extra concern?
3 High-risk claimants
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1) Ex-convicts [many with DA & A].
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2) Military veterans [PTSD/Paranoid].
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3) Acute psychotics.
Emotional Triggers
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1) Sense of entitlement.
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2) Sense of desperation.
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3) Papa/Mama bear syndrome.
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4) Wild card/pro se.
Concealed Carry
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1) 40 States have “concealed carry”
statutes.
2) Another 9 have modified “concealed
carry” statutes.
3) Only Illinois totally outlaws carrying
concealed weapons.
Statutory Language
Federal Criminal Statutes are included in
Articles 5 and 23 of our new CBA.
18 USC 930 prohibits weapons and knives
with a blade of 2 ½ inches on federal
property.
Based on FPS stats, AALJ estimates that 1 in
every 4 claimants has at least a pocket knife.
Incident Alerts
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Since AALJ Master CBA on 8/30/01, more
than 500 Incident Alerts have been filed.
Numbers are growing as management and
judges learn to file an Incident Alert.
Approximately one judge per week is
threatened.
CPMS flags
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Electronic File now has flag under “case
characteristics” for “homicidal/potential violent”.
Same category exists in CPMS.
Scheduler must know to check “case
characteristics” page when scheduling.
Master docket clerk must check “case
characteristics” of Electronic File to manually add
threat history to CPMS as not all E.F. data
automatically migrates from DO computers.
Threats and Ban Letters
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If a claimant “poses a threat”, see 20 CFR
404.937 and 416.1437, and Hallex I-9-5.
Ban Letters are in 20 CFR 422.901-907
and Hallex I-9-10.
If a claimant is banned from SSA offices
before a hearing, per I-9-5D2, a hearing
can be done by telephone.
If not banned, an extra guard can be
present for the hearing.
Remote site guards
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In 1/03, the HSC established with OPSS that a
judge on a trip to a remote site, needs only ask
for a guard and one would be provided for the
entire trip.
I know my docket. But I do not know who may
have just gotten a denial decision, and may
come looking for that judge, and find me as a
target of opportunity.
Seeking Prosecution
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Per AIMS 04.50.04C MRM:
“The victim, in coordination with local law
enforcement, SSA OIG, and/or FPS, is the
only one who can pursue legal prosecution
or swear out a warrant. Management
cannot legally do this for the victim.”
Common Sense
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--Low profile
--Unlisted phone number
--No parking space marked “Judge”
--No vanity license plate = judge
--No building signs giving individual
judge’s room numbers
--Consider home security alarm or dog
Three-dog theory
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1) Some dogs bark, and never bite.
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2) Some dogs bark, and also bite.
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3) Some dogs never bark, and only bite.
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Judicial Security