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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'Notch Babies' Now Reaching Century Mark -- and They Are Still Mad! Feb 21, 2018

There is a group of very old people out there who, for decades now, has been misled into believing that they are being cheated out of Social Security benefits. I'm talking about folks who are now pushing the century mark — in their mid-to-late ... Read More

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Working While Getting Disability Benefits Feb 14, 2018

Q: I am 57 years old and getting Social Security disability benefits. I understand I can work and make $46,000 and still keep my disability checks. But how much can I make when I reach age 62? A: I'm afraid you've really got things mixed up. The $46,... Read More

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I'm a Hit with the Ladies! Feb 07, 2018

Don't tell my wife, but if my inbox is any indication, I'm a big hit with the ladies! I have a hunch I get more emails from women around the country than any other old goat my age who isn't rich or famous. Alas, they are just asking boring old Social... Read More