It's a story that's become all too common: government official brings a problem to his supervisors, government official gets told to shut up and go away, supervisors get promoted and the problem doesn't get solved.
Ron Klym blew the whistle about problems at the Social Security Administration's Milwaukee office, getting the attention of media like Watchdog and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin. In return, he says, he's been punished by his superiors.
Klym sat down with Eric Boehm to discuss what he says is a serious civil rights issue at the SSA, where some people who might qualify for disability benefits are waiting more than 800 days for the office to make a determination about their status. That's just too long, he says, and it seems like officials in Milwaukee are unfairly deciding who has to wait that long -- residents of rural Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan have been victimized the most.
In a scandal that sounds eerily like what happened at the Veteran's Administration recently, Klym says SSA officials have been shuffling paper to make waiting lists look shorter than they really are.
Then, why is Chicago ignoring Airbnb hosts as it writes new rules that could affect them?
And why should states be keeping a close eye on whats happening in Puerto Rico?
All that, plus the Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.