For the first time since 2008, the Social Security Advisory Board is fully staffed. 

The board advises the president, Congress and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters relating to the nation's retirement and disability systems. Its mandates also include increasing public understanding of the Social Security system. Members of the board normally number seven and are appointed on a bipartisan basis by the president, the Senate and the House. 

New members Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution, Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution and Stanford University, and Alan Cohen of the Center for American Progress, were all confirmed by the Senate on Monday. Aaron will chair the board.

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