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Regional Chief Administrative Law Judge Ollie Garmon, left, and Michael J. Astrue, commissioner of Social Security, officially opened a new hearing office in Covington on Monday. Garmon had his head shaved earlier that morning to keep the commitment he made to go bald should his region reduce the wait time for appeals hearings to one year. 

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New Covington Social Security office expected to help backlog

COVINGTON — Michael J. Astrue, commissioner of Social Security, was in Covington on Monday to open a new office that is expected to help alleviate the backlog of disability cases awaiting hearings in Georgia.

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