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Recent Issues

  • Disability Program Briefing

May 7, 2014--Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin keynoted a Capitol Hill presentation by SSA executives, which was an opportunity for Congressional staff to learn about the disability program. Click here to view the agenda for the event and the slide deck used during the presentation. Click here to view the presentation.

  • Brief Legislative History of Disability Insurance Program

    Over the past several years, the Disability Insurance program has received a lot of attention through congressional hearings, press reports, and public policy analysis.  To provide some context to the purpose of a program’s features, it is often helpful to look at how they were developed.  Here is a brief legislative history of the Disability Insurance Program compiled by OLCA staff.

  • 2014 Trustees Report

    On July 28, 2014, the Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2033, unchanged from last year, with 77 percent of benefits still payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, also unchanged from last year's estimate, with 81 percent of benefits still payable.

    For more information, read our press release.

  • Agency Strategic Plan

    On March 10, 2014, SSA published its Agency Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018, Always Serving | Looking Forward.

  • 2015 Agency Budget Request

    On March 4, 2014, SSA released the agency's FY 2015 Budget Request. For FY 2015, SSA is requesting $12.024 billion for administrative expenses.

  • 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 2014 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 2014 - FY 2017.

  • 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 2014 Appropriations

    The agency appropriation for FY 2014 was enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-76) on January 1, 2014.  For information about the FY 2013 Operating Plan as well as the President’s FY 2015 budget request for Social Security, visit

  • 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.

  • International Agreements (Totalization)

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