April 16, 2018: David F. Black was nominated on Thursday, April 12, 2018, as the Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) for a six-year term that ends on Jan. 19, 2019. Black is currently the White House Senior Adviser at the Social Security Administration, an independent federal government agency. He was previously SSA’s General Counsel from October, 2007, to July, 2015. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Black received his law degree from the University of Minnesota, and his B.A. in political science from the University of North Dakota.