Social Security Administration - SSA


DEFINITION of 'Social Security Administration - SSA'

A U.S. government agency created in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the SSA administers the social insurance programs in the United States. The agency covers a wide range of social security services, such as disability, retirement and survivors' benefits. Previously operating under the Department of Health and Human Services, the SSA has operated as a wholly independent agency since 1994.

BREAKING DOWN 'Social Security Administration - SSA'

Unlike the majority of U.S. federal government agencies, the SSA is not headquartered in Washington D.C. Instead, the agency is based in the city of Woodland, which is a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland. The SSA has seen numerous name changes and operational revisions in its lifetime as different administrations shaped the agency into their desired forms. The SSA provides a wide range of services, including (at the time of writing) determining citizen eligibility and premium payments for the Medicare program.

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  1. Why would someone change their Social Security number?

    In general, the Social Security Administration, or SSA, does not encourage citizens to change their Social Security numbers, ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Where are the Social Security administration headquarters?

    The U.S. Social Security Administration, or SSA, is headquartered in Woodlawn, Maryland, a suburb just outside of Baltimore. ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Is the Social Security administration part of the executive branch?

    The U.S. Social Security Administration, or SSA, is an independent government agency under the purview of the executive branch. ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are the maximum Social Security disability benefits?

    The maximum Social Security disability benefit amount for a single eligible person in 2015 is $1,165 per month, but you can ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Is the Social Security administration a government corporation?

    The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) is a government agency, not a government corporation. President Franklin Roosevelt ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Are Social Security benefits adjusted for inflation?

    Social Security benefits are adjusted for inflation. This adjustment is known as the cost of living adjustment (COLA). For ... Read Full Answer >>
  7. Are my Social Security disability benefits taxable?

    Social Security disability benefits may be taxable if you receive other income that places you above a certain threshold. ... Read Full Answer >>
  8. How is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) calculated for those who own their own ...

    Substantial gainful activity (SGA) is a key phrase used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in relation to determining ... Read Full Answer >>
  9. Can I stop working to decrease my Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)?

    In theory, the threshold for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is the inability to perform meaningful ... Read Full Answer >>
  10. What would privatized Social Security mean for Americans?

    The current Social Security system in the United States operates in a pay-as-you-go framework; the Social Security taxes ... Read Full Answer >>
  11. What are the top Social Security scams targeted at the elderly?

    Elderly recipients of Social Security benefits are a highly targeted group for online con artists. Some scams operate over ... Read Full Answer >>
  12. How do Social Security benefits for widows or widowers work?

    If you are the surviving widow or widower of a deceased worker who would have been eligible to receive Social Security benefits ... Read Full Answer >>
  13. How can I change my name on my Social Security card?

    To change your name on your Social Security card, you first need to gather documents proving your identity and that your ... Read Full Answer >>
  14. How do I apply for Social Security retirement benefits?

    Applying for Social Security benefits is a fairly simple process. Applications can be submitted either online, over the phone ... Read Full Answer >>
  15. How soon do I need to start my application for Social Security retirement benefits?

    Applications for Social Security benefits can only be processed a maximum of four months before benefits are scheduled to ... Read Full Answer >>
  16. What are the most common scams regarding Social Security benefits?

    There are a number of common scams that target Social Security benefits. These scams generally involve criminals who impersonate ... Read Full Answer >>
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    If you were born in 1929 or later, you'll need forty Social Security credits to be eligible for Social Security retirement ... Read Full Answer >>
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