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THIS MONTH IN SOCIAL SECURITY HISTORY
September 14, 1935 First meeting of the members of the Social Security Board.
September 25, 1936 The Post Office agreed to help with enumeration for old-age benefits. (One source puts the date as September 15.)
September 30, 1936 John G. Winant resigned as Chairman of the Social Security Board. (On the 28th he tendered his resignation; on the 30th President Roosevelt accepted it.)
September 1938 All 51 jurisdictions were
making old age assistance payments under the Social Security Act.
September 1, 1954 The Social Security
Act was amended to extend old-age and survivors insurance coverage to
self-employed farmers, self-employed members of specified professions,
additional farm and domestic employees; on a voluntary group basis to
members of State and local Government retirement systems; and through
election by individual ministers and members of religious orders, and
protected the benefit rights of disabled persons through a disability
September 1965 Reduced benefits were made payable to a widow at age 60.
September 1997 SSA issued a report, Options
for Enhancing the Social Security Card. The report was requested by
Congress in the welfare and immigration reform laws (P.L. 104-193 and
P.L. 104-208, respectively) passed in 1996.
September 30, 1999 Beginning October 1, the Social Security Administration will launch the largest customized mailing ever undertaken by a Federal agency when it sends an annual Social Security Statement to 125 million workers. The 4-page statement is designed to help workers with financial planning by providing estimates of their retirement, disability and survivors' benefits.
September 25, 2001 The Social Security Administration launched a new website at www.ssa.gov/representation that provides comprehensive information for representatives and provides links to key SSA regulatory and program resources.
September 23, 2002 The Social Security Administration added additional languages to its Multi-Language Gateway providing information about Social Security and SSI in various languages other than English.
April 14, 2003 SSA changed the official URL for its website from www.ssa.gov to www.socialsecurity.gov
September 22, 2005 Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security, announced today that more than three million people have applied for the extra help available with Medicare prescription drug costs. The extra help will pay most of the costs of monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments - an average of $2,100 in extra help per year.
September 5, 2007 Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced that Social Security has issued a final regulation to extend the quick disability determination (QDD) process to all State disability determination services. Under QDD, a predictive model analyzes specific elements of data within the electronic claims file to identify claims where there is a high potential that the claimant is disabled and where evidence of the person’s allegations can be quickly and easily obtained.
September 24, 2008 Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, released the agency’s new Strategic Plan. Using the motto, “Social Security Benefits America,” the plan identifies the challenges the agency faces and the steps needed over the next five years to meet those challenges.
September 30, 2009 Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced the establishment of a new Financial Literacy Research Consortium (FLRC), made up of research centers at Boston College, the RAND Corporation, and the University of Wisconsin. The FLRC, supported through five-year cooperative agreements, will develop innovative materials and programs to help Americans plan for a secure retirement.