U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Policy

The Office of Policy serves as the Social Security Administration's focal point for policy analysis and research, evaluation, and statistics. Learn more about the Office of Policy.


Recently Released

SSI Recipients by State and County, 2007

(released May 2008)

Local area data for the Supplemental Security Income program for aged, blind, and disabled people are the focus of this annual statistical report. The data are for federal SSI payments and for federally administered state supplementation.

Efforts Since 2000 to Simplify the SSI Program: Legislative and Regulatory Changes

Policy Brief No. 2008-01 (released April 2008)

Supplemental Security Income SSI is a federally administered, means-tested program that provides monthly payments to blind, disabled, or aged persons. This policy brief summarizes efforts since 2000 to simplify the SSI program through policy changes affecting the reporting of income and resources. The Social Security Protection Act (SSPA) of 2004 has provisions that simplify the treatment of infrequent and irregular income, interest and dividend income, income earned by a student, one-time income in an initial month of eligibility, military pay, and exclusion of certain income from countable resources. Final regulations published in 2005 contain simplifications in the definition of income to exclude clothing, household goods and personal effects, and automobiles from countable resources. This brief explains those changes and describes other options that have been considered.

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SSI Monthly Statistics, March 2008

(released April 2008)

These monthly tables provide statistics for federally administered payments and awards under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The statistics include the number of people who receive payments (by eligibility category and age), the type of payment they receive (federal payment only, state supplementation only, or both), and the amount of the monthly payment (total and average).

International Update, April 2008

(released April 2008)

This monthly publication covers recent developments in foreign private and public pensions, social security, and retirement.

Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 67 No. 3

(released April 2008)

Includes articles on:

  • Trends in Mortality Differentials and Life Expectancy for Male Social Security-Covered Workers, by Socioeconomic Status
  • Benefit Adequacy Among Elderly Social Security Retired-Worker Beneficiaries and the SSI Federal Benefit Rate
  • Effective Retirement Savings Programs: Design Features and Financial Education
  • Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments and the Consumer Price Index
  • The Evolution of Japanese Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

Social Security Programs Throughout the World: The Americas, 2007

(released March 2008)

This report, which is part of a four-volume series, provides a cross-national comparison of the social security systems in 36 countries in the Americas. It summarizes the five main social insurance programs in those countries: old-age, disability, and survivors; sickness and maternity; work injury; unemployment; and family allowances. The other regional volumes in the series focus on the social security systems of countries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and Africa. Together, the reports provide important information for researchers and policymakers who are reviewing different ways of approaching social security challenges and adapting the systems to the evolving needs of individuals, households, and families.

Characteristics of Noninstitutionalized DI and SSI Program Participants

Research and Statistics Note No. 2008-02 (released January 2008)

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Characteristics of Disabled-Worker Beneficiaries Receiving Workers' Compensation or Public Disability Benefits Compared With Disabled-Worker Beneficiaries Without These Additional Benefits

Research and Statistics Note No. 2008-01 (released January 2008)

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OASDI Monthly Statistics, November 2007

(released December 2007)

These monthly tables provide statistics for benefits in current-payment status and benefits awarded under the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) programs. The statistics include the number of people who receive benefits, the type of benefit they receive, and the amount of the monthly benefit (total and average).

Quick Facts

Annual Statistical Supplement

The Supplement is a major resource for data on the nation's social insurance and welfare programs. The majority of the statistical tables present information about programs administered by the Social Security Administration—the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance programs, known collectively as Social Security, and the Supplemental Security Income program. In addition, data are presented on the major health care programs—Medicare and Medicaid—and income-maintenance programs. The Supplement also includes program summaries and legislative histories that help users of the data understand these programs.

Subsections of the Supplement will be posted on a flow basis as they become available.

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Related Sites

FedStats - The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies.

Social Security Online - The official Web site of the Social Security Administration. It provides information about Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance benefits; Supplemental Security Income; and wage reporting for employers.

SSA's Office of the Chief Actuary - Office responsible for the overall review of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability program's balance between future benefit liabilities and future tax collections.

NOTE: Effective with the December 2007 OASDI data, persons wanting detailed monthly OASDI information should visit the Office of the Actuary's Web site for Beneficiary Data. The OASDI snapshot tables will still be provided by the Office of Policy.


Retirement Research Consortium (RRC)

The RRC comprises three multidisciplinary research centers funded through cooperative agreements with the Social Security Administration. The centers are located at Boston College, the University of Michigan, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. These centers provide research and policy analysis to inform decisionmakers and the public about issues critical to the Social Security program. The RRC has three main goals: conduct research and evaluation, disseminate findings on retirement research, and train scholars and practitioners. Learn more about the RRC.