Recent Issues

  • Social Security Disability Fraud Scheme in New York

At a Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing entitled “Social Security Disability Fraud Scheme in New York,”  January 16, 2014,  the Chairman of the Subcommittee, Sam Johnson (R. TX), asked Acting Commissioner Colvin for a report on SSA’s efforts.  Specifically, the Chairman said: 

I would like a full report from you, Acting Commissioner Colvin, telling Congress the immediate actions you’re taking to prevent these crimes from occurring again and again, as well as any recommendations for legislation that might help you.  I want this report within 30 days.

The requested report was delivered to Chairman Johnson on February 14th.  A copy of the report can be found here.

  • Information Resources Management (IRM) Strategic Plan

    The FY 2012 Information Resources Management (IRM) Strategic Plan represents the Agency’s direction to effectively prioritize and manage our investments in information technology (IT) and information management (IM). The IRM is consistent with our Agency mission, goals, and objectives. The content of our IRM covers the time frame of fiscal years FY 2012 - FY 2016.

  • 2012 Trustees Report

    On April 23, 2012, The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the financial health of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined assets of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds will be exhausted in 2036, one year earlier than was projected last year.

    For more information, read our press release.

  • Agency Strategic Plan

    On February 15, 2012, SSA published its Agency Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2016, Securing Value for America.


  • 2013 Agency Budget Request

    On February 13, 2012, SSA released the agency's FY 2013 Budget Request. For FY 2013, SSA is requesting $11.760 billion for administrative expenses, a modest increase from FY 2012.

  • Health Information Technology (Health IT)

    Health IT at the Social Security Administration is a revolutionary new program bringing the speed and power of electronic medical records to the disability determination process.

Other Information

  • Agency FY2012 Appropriations

    The agency appropriation for FY 2012 was enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 112-74) on December 23, 2011.  For information about the FY 2012 Operating Plan as well as the President’s FY 2013 budget request for Social Security, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/budget.

  • Medicare Changes & Social Security

    Recent changes to Medicare law have required SSA to undertake a number of additional Medicare-related responsibilities. Detailed information about SSA's activities are available here.

  • Recovery Act

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. SSA's responsibilities under the Recovery Act include replacing the National Computer Center, dedicating additional resources to the processing of disability and retirement workloads, and issuing a one-time payment of $250 to nearly 55 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. For more information, click here.

  • International Agreements (Totalization)

    Current information about the status of Social Security totalization agreements with other countries

  • Public Hearing on Compassionate Allowances
    • On March 16, 2011, Commissioner Astrue hosted the agency's seventh public hearing on Compassionate Allowances. Commissioner Astrue joined Robert H. Carter, Deputy Director, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, and other Social Security officials in hearing testimony from some of the nation's leading experts on autoimmune diseases about the possible methods of identifying and implementing Compassionate Allowances for adults and children with autoimmune diseases.  See press release for more information.

    • On November 9, 2010, Commissioner Astrue hosted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the agency's sixth public hearing on Compassionate Allowances.  Commissioner Astrue joined Susan B. Shurin, Acting Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, and other Social Security officials in listening to testimony from some of the leading experts on cardiovascular disease and multiple organ transplants regarding possible methods of identifying and implementing Compassionate Allowances for both adults and children. See press release for more information.

    • On November 18, 2009, Commissioner Astrue was joined by Philip Wang, M.D., Dr. P.H., National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, and Social Security officials, to hear testimony from some of the nation's leading experts on schizophrenia about possible methods of identifying and implementing Compassionate Allowances for young adults with schizophrenia. See press release for more information.

    • On July 29,2009, Commissioner Astrue was joined by Marie A. Bernard, M.D., Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and other Social Security officials, to hear testimony from some of the nation's leading experts on early-onset Alzheimer's disease and related dementias about possible methods for identifying and implementing Compassionate Allowances for people with early-onset Alzheimer's. See press release for more information.

    • On November 18, 2008, Social Security held a third disability hearing on Compassionate Allowances. Click here for the press release.

    • On October 26, 2008, Commissioner Astrue announced that  SSA is rolling out Compassionate Allowances nationwide. This groundbreaking initiative allows us to identify rare diseases and other medical conditions that are certain to be approved under our disability rules and fast track those cases for quick processing.