A Message from Acting Commissioner Colvin

Happy Anniversary Social Security! 

As we reflect upon the past 78 years, it is so gratifying to see how we continue to touch the lives of nearly every American. We have made so much progress with our electronic services allowing the public to not only file for benefits online, but also obtain benefit verification statements. It is such an honor to lead this agency as we fulfill President Franklin Roosevelt’s vision in providing a measure of economic security to more than 60 million Americans. There is nothing more rewarding than making a difference in the lives of others. Our employees work so hard each and every day to ensure that we meet the needs of the public despite our challenges of increasing workloads, limited staff, and no pay raises. They are the strength of our agency; the heart of Social Security, and they truly care about the public we serve. Their dedication, compassion and commitment make Social Security the agency it is today.

Happy Anniversary Social Security! Let’s make the next 78 years just as great or even better!

Today's Trivia

Question of the Day

Today's Trivia

(updated through August 16, 2013)

When did Social Security start?

Learn more about the history of Social Security, vist our History Page.

Social Security beneficiaries can elect early retirement at age 62. When did this option become available to beneficiaries?

A. 1935
B. 1939
C. 1956
D. 1961
View more trivia about Social Security, visit our History page.