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Agency Plans and Reports

Mission

Deliver quality Social Security services to the public.

Overview

Few government agencies touch the lives of as many people as we do. We administer three programs under the Social Security Act:

  • Old-Age and Survivors Insurance: Created in 1935, the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) program provides retirement and survivors benefits to qualified workers and their family members.
  • Disability Insurance: Established in 1956, the Disability Insurance (DI) program provides benefits for workers who become disabled and their families.
  • Supplemental Security Income: Established in 1972, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides financial support to aged, blind, and disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.

In addition, we support national programs administered by other Federal and State agencies, as required by law, such as Medicare, Employees Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Coal Act, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps), Help America Vote Act, State Children’s Health Insurance Program, E-Verify, Medicaid, and Federal Benefits for Veterans.

We administer our programs in accordance with law, regulation, and our program policy. We have implemented enterprise risk management processes to improve the effectiveness of our organization. Our goals are informed by both the strategic opportunities ahead as well as our management of risks that threaten our core mission activities.

Approximately 62,000 Federal employees and 15,000 State employees serve the public from a network of offices across the country and around the world. Most of our employees serve the public directly or provide support to employees who do.

We administer our programs and services through a network of more than 1,200 field offices. Each day, approximately 170,000 people visit and 250,000 call one of our field offices nationwide for various reasons such as to file claims, ask questions, or update their information.

Our National 800 Number handles over 30 million calls each year. Callers can conduct various business transactions by speaking directly with a customer service representative or through our 24-hour automated services, which include requesting benefit verification letters, ordering replacement Medicare cards, and obtaining claim status updates.

Our processing centers (PC) handle complex Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability claims, as well as provide support to our National 800 Number. State agencies make disability determinations for initial claims, reconsiderations, and continuing disability reviews. Administrative law judges (ALJ) in our hearings offices and administrative appeals judges in our appeals council decide appealed cases.

For more information about our organization and its functions, visit our organizational structure webpage here.

To access additional agency performance documents visit the agency’s website.



Gears of Government Awards Hall of Winners

The Gears of Government Awards recognize individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.

Social Security Administration award winners are listed below.


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Christopher Derringer

Social Security Administration


Christopher Derringer

Enhanced the customer service and operations of Tulsa’s Social Security office. Christopher’s commitment to improving online self-help service resulted in a substantial increase in new online My Social Security Accounts, saving 130 Social Security customers from office revisits in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Jean Rivera Reyes

Social Security Administration


Jean Rivera Reyes

Detected and referred potential Social Security residency fraud cases for investigation. Jean’s fraud referrals resulted in over $700,000 in taxpayer savings.

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John Cotter

Social Security Administration


John Cotter

Broke new ground in making government websites accessible to users with disabilities. John built an open source tool that makes it free and easy for agencies across government to improve their websites and save tax dollars.

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Joseph Amalfitano

Social Security Administration


Joseph Amalfitano

Led SSA’s adoption of open source code, which saves taxpayers millions of dollars, reduces duplication, and helps government services work more seamlessly for citizens.

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Kelly Smith

Social Security Administration


Kelly Smith

Provided excellent customer service to the St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians in Akwesasne, NY as the Social Security liaison. Kelly established dynamic, trusting relationships with tribal leaders to ensure payment accuracy, timeliness, and fraud prevention.

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Linda McCaw

Social Security Administration


Linda McCaw

Advocated for citizen engagement and upheld the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration by leading SSA’s efforts to make federal data available to the public. Linda’s efforts led to 1,900 metadata records available to the public on Data.gov.

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Social Security Administration

  • Christopher Paris
  • Kimberly Fenters
  • Sara Ham
  • Shane O'Brien
  • Raymond Parker

Social Security Administration

Spearheaded a new approach to cyber-security training for SSA employees. The new approach significantly increased employees’ ability to detect and report suspicious emails to protect taxpayers' sensitive information.

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Social Security Administration

  • Janell Pegues
  • Bla Fang
  • Desirae Morton
  • Olivia Mondragon

Social Security Administration

Provided professional, compassionate service to over 160 daily customers, many of whom face mental health challenges and chronic homelessness. The team innovated to increase operational efficiency while maintaining personalized attention for customers.

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  • Deborah Stover-Springer
  • Kristen Fredricks
  • Quison Alston
  • Jackie White
  • Lisa Blum

Social Security Administration

Created a new training program to better equip SSA employees to prevent and prosecute Social Security fraud in the digital age. This specialized training on emerging legal issues and technology protects public resources and promotes public confidence in the SSA.

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Thomas Haner

Social Security Administration


Thomas Haner

Identified, assessed, and investigated hundreds of cases of potential fraud and misuse of benefits. Thomas’ commitment to the stewardship of taxpayer money and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse resulted in the recovery of more than $667,000.

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