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Updated: September 12, 2008 (En Español)

Early Check Delivery for Beneficiaries Affected by Hurricane Ike

(September 2008)
Due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Ike, more than 40,000 people in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida received their Social Security checks September 9th, rather than on Wednesday, Spetember 10th, the regularly scheduled payment day.

Additional details are available here.

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Social Security Checks Arriving Early in Gulf Coast States

(August 2008)
The Social Security Administration announced that benefit checks are being delivered to Gulf Coast residents today and tomorrow, before the arrival of Gustav. 

Social Security Launches New Online Retirement Estimator

(July 2008)
Social Security unveiled a new online calculator at that will provide immediate and personalized benefit estimates to help people plan for their retirement. Read our press release.

Social Security Announces Improvements to the Ticket to Work Program

(May 2008)
The Social Security Administration issued final rules designed to improve the Ticket to Work program. The changes will improve the effectiveness of the Ticket program in assisting beneficiaries with disabilities who want to work.

Pop Culture Makes Mark on Social Security's Most Popular Baby Names List for 2007

(May 2008)
For Mother’s Day, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced the top baby names in the United States for 2007. Read our press release.

Each year, Social Security produces a list of the most popular baby names based on all Social Security card applications for children born the previous year. Jacob and Emily top the 2007 list. 


Notice of Settlement Agreement in Kaplan Court Case

(April 2008)
All non-United States citizens who are receiving or have received Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) and are or will be subject to the seven-year limit on receiving SSI pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1612(a)(2)(A) (such as refugees and asylees), prior to becoming a naturalized United States citizen.

You are hereby notified that a Stipulation and Agreement of
Settlement and Release
has been signed by the parties, resolving the claims that have been brought on your behalf in this law suit.

Details about settlement agreement are accessible below.

Notice of settlement agreement in class action for non-citizens who have received or are receiving Supplemental Security Income. Get Accessible Adobe Acrobat Reader


Social Security Trustees Release 2008 Report

(March 2008)
At a March 25th press conference, the Social Security Board of Trustees released its 2008 report. While the key dates for program costs exceeding tax revenues and Trust Fund exhaustion remain unchanged, the Trustees Report shows improvement in the projected long-term financial status of the Social Security program from last year -- particularly in the latter half of the long-range projection period.

The report is available in both text and portable document format.


Social Security Offers Positions to 144 Administrative Law Judges

(February 2008)
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that the agency has begun making offers to 144 of the 175 new Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) it will hire this fiscal year. "The hiring of these new ALJs is a critical step in our plan to reduce the backlog of disability cases," Commissioner Astrue said. "They represent one of the largest investments in ALJs this agency has ever made."


Nation's First Baby Boomer Receives Her First Social Security Retirement Benefit

(February 2008)
Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, the nation's first Baby Boomer, today made history as the first of her generation to receive a Social Security retirement benefit. Having applied online for benefits at, Ms. Casey-Kirschling, who was born at one second after midnight on January 1, 1946, today received her first payment by direct deposit.


Social Security Holds First Disability Hearing on Compassionate Allowances

(December 2007)
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, presided over the agency's first public outreach hearing on "compassionate allowances" in Washington, D.C. on December 4 and 5, 2007. During the hearing, some of the nation’s leading rare disease experts presented testimony and shared their views about the advisability and possible methods of identifying and implementing "compassionate allowances" for children and adults with rare diseases.


Social Security Improves Service and Expands Outreach
to Wounded Veterans

(November 2007)
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today highlighted the agency’s efforts to improve service and reach out to wounded veterans.  “On Sunday, we honor America’s veterans whose love of country, willingness to serve and sacrifice ensures the many freedoms we enjoy today,” Commissioner Astrue said.  “While we can never fully repay them for their sacrifices, we can be sure we provide them with the quality of service and the respect they so richly deserve.”


Social Security Updates Digestive Listings

(October 2007)
Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that the Social Security Administration published new rules that update its medical listings for people filing for disability benefits based on digestive disorders, including diseases of the liver, stomach and colon.


Social Security announces the 2008 Cost-of-Living Adjustment

(October 2007)
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 54 million Americans will increase 2.3 percent in 2008, the Social Security Administration announced today.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits increase automatically each year based on the rise in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), from the third quarter of the prior year to the corresponding period of the current year.  This year's increase in the CPI-W was 2.3 percent.  

The 2.3 percent Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that nearly 50 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2008.  Increased payments to more than 7 million Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will begin on December 31.

For more information, read our press release


Nation's First Baby Boomer files for Retirement Benefits Online

(October 2007)
At an event hosted by Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, the nation's first Baby Boomer, Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, today filed for her Social Security retirement benefits online at


Social Security Attacks Disability Backlog 

(October 2007)
Social Security has made progress in reducing the backlog of disability cases pending a decision. For more information, read our press release.

Quick Disability Determinations Extended Nationwide

(September 2007)
Social Security has issued a final regulation to extend the quick disability determination process nationwide. The process will help to accelerate benefits to those who are clearly disabled. For more information, read our press release.

Latest Fast Facts & Figures Publication available

(September 2007)
You can find the most recent facts, and much more information about Social Security, in the 2007 edition of Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security.

New Wounded Warriors Website

(August 2007)
To help wounded military members better understand the Social Security benefits they might be eligible for, Social Security has developed a special "Wounded Warriors" page.

Show someone you love how much you care

(June 2007)
Help us find Medicare beneficiaries who might qualify for extra help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. We are asking family members, caregivers and third parties to help anyone who might qualify apply for the extra help. If you know a Medicare beneficiary who might qualify or if you think you might qualify yourself, visit our electronic fact sheet for more information.

SSA's FY 2008 Annual Performance Plan (APP) and FY 2007 APP

(February 2007)
SSA’s FY 2008 Annual Performance Plan (APP) and Revised Final FY 2007 APP details what we will do over the next several years to achieve our long-range, strategic goals and objectives as set out in the Agency Strategic Plan 2006 - 2011.

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