About Tom Margenau

Tom Margenau

Tom Margenau

Tom Margenau worked for 32 years in a variety of positions for the Social Security Administration before retiring in 2005. For many years, he was the director of SSA's public information office at the agency’s headquarters in Baltimore, Md. In that post, he was the chief editor for more than 100 informational publications produced by SSA.

He also was SSA’s deputy press officer for several years, serving in that position as a chief spokesman for the Social Security Administration. Prior to that, he was a speechwriter for the Commissioner of Social Security. Before he moved to SSA's headquarters, he worked for 12 years in Social Security field offices around the country, where he processed Social Security claims while writing Social Security columns for local newspapers.

He has written the “Social Security and You ” column for national syndication since 1997. Margenau graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1971. He is married and has two grown children and five grandchildren.

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Disability Benefits: One Question Leads to Another Oct 17, 2018

Q: I don't understand. I was getting Social Security disability benefits. But I found a job that I could do. It paid me not much more than minimum wage. But because I made about $18,000 last year, I ended up losing my disability. Yet I just read a st... Read More

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Gambling and Losing the Social Security Game Oct 10, 2018

I have written many columns cautioning people to not play around too much with their Social Security benefits by trying to squeeze every last nickel out of their nest egg. And I know where the compulsion to do this comes from. Senior citizens are bar... Read More

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Who Do You Trust? Oct 03, 2018

You know how sometimes one thing can lead to another? The other day, I was watching Jay Leno's TV show, "Jay Leno's Garage." He was driving around in a car once owned by his "Tonight Show" predecessor, Johnny Carson. It was a car that Johnny grew up ... Read More