Senate confirms Martin O’Malley as head of Social Security Administration

On February 9, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted 96-0 to confirm Martin O’Malley as the head of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The confirmation makes O’Malley the ninth Administrator in the agency’s nearly 90-year history. He will take office later this month.

O’Malley is a former governor of Maryland and most recently served as the Deputy Secretary of Social Security at the US Department of the Treasury. During his confirmation hearing, O’Malley emphasized his plan to modernize the technology infrastructure of the agency and prioritize efforts to protect and serve the millions of Americans who rely on Social Security benefits.

In a statement, O’Malley thanked the Senate for its confidence in him and expressed his excitement to build upon the efforts of past Administrators and ensure that the SSA provides “the service, security, and efficiency that our taxpayers deserve.”