Frank Cristaudo

Executive Counselor to the Commissioner
Social Security Administration
Mr. Frank Cristaudo serves as the Executive Counselor to the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and serves as the Executive over SSA’s Health IT program. With more than 60,000 Federal employees serving in more than a thousand offices across the country, the Social Security Administration issues almost a trillion dollars in payments each year to 65,000,000 beneficiaries. Previously, Mr. Cristaudo held a number of positions with the agency including Chief Administrative Law Judge. There, he led a workforce of 9,000 including more than 1,400 Federal Administrative Law Judges (ALJs), one of the largest judicial systems in the world. He also served as the agency’s Chief Counsel for the Boston Region. Mr. Cristaudo is a frequent lecturer on leadership, ethics, professionalism, and disability adjudication, and is the author of internal SSA publications "27 Practices for Effective Leadership in Public Service” and "The Vocational Expert Manual: The Use, Questioning, and Testimony of Vocational Experts." He is a graduate of Columbia University’s Persuasion: Influencing Without Authority, Harvard University Kennedy School’s Driving Government Performance: Leadership Strategies that Produce Results, the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society, and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Developing the Strategic Leader programs. Prior to his appointment as an ALJ, Mr. Cristaudo practiced law and successfully argued a number of Social Security cases before the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit including Wallace v. Sec. HHS, 722 F.2d 1150 (3rd Cir. 1983), and Woody v. Sec. HHS, 859 F.2d 1156 (3rd Cir. 1988). He also served as the Chief Counsel for a municipality, as a Municipal Court Judge, and as an instructor at LaSalle University and Rowan University. He has a B.A. from McDaniel College and a J.D. (cum laude) from Widener University School of Law.