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House’s Social Security Administration Cuts Would Hurt Customer Service and Program Integrity

September 20, 2016

After years of Social Security Administration (SSA) funding cuts, the House Appropriations Committee has proposed yet more damaging cuts to the agency for 2017.  As our report explains, SSA’s core operating budget shrank by 10 percent from 2010 to 2016, after...

House Bill Would Make Deeper Cuts to Social Security Operating Budget

Social Security Administration Budget Cuts Hurt Communities Nationwide

September 12, 2016

As baby boomers age into their peak years for retirement and disability, demands on the Social Security Administration (SSA) are reaching all-time highs.  Yet policymakers have cut SSA’s core operating budget by 10 percent since 2010, after adjusting for inflation...

In Focus: Social Security Staff Loss Is Significant

Everyone Has a Stake in Social Security

August 12, 2016

Social Security’s upcoming 81st birthday this Sunday is a cause for celebration.  Americans love Social Security: Large majorities say they value it for themselves, their families, and millions of others who count on it.

And all Americans have a stake in its continued...

Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors

DI at 60: 6 Key Facts

August 1, 2016

Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) turns 60 today.  Workers contribute to Social Security to protect against the financial risks of old age, ill health, and death of a breadwinner.  The 1956 amendments, approved by large bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed into...

Disability Insurance Beneficiaries Have High Poverty Rates

GOP Poverty Plan Would Hurt Some of Most Vulnerable Children

June 15, 2016

The House GOP poverty plan would eliminate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 1.3 million severely disabled...

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Senate Bill Continues Eroding Social Security Operating Funds

June 9, 2016

The 2017 funding bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved today would continue squeezing the Social Security Administration (SSA), which faces a record workload as the baby boomers age into their peak years for retirement and disability.  

As our...


Promoting Work Among Disability Beneficiaries

April 6, 2016

Speaking at today’s release of recommendations by the SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) Solutions Initiative, I explained that while policymakers should continue exploring ways to help people with disabilities stay at or return to work, successful interventions won’t be easy, quick, or cheap.  (For more on these points, see my...


A New Way to Treat Social Security Beneficiaries with Work Outside the System

March 21, 2016

Congress is considering a new way to compute Social Security benefits for beneficiaries with earnings outside the Social Security system.  The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on this alternative approach, and it merits serious...

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Prompt Action Needed to Test Work Incentives for Disability Insurance

February 12, 2016

Last year’s budget deal renews the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) authority to conduct demonstration projects to encourage work among Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries.  As our...

Work Incentive Experiments Take Time

What the Growing Longevity Gap Means for Social Security

January 21, 2016

Richer Americans live longer than poorer Americans, and the gap is widening.  While many people will live significantly longer than their parents and grandparents, some groups have seen no gains, and others (such as poorer women) may have lost years of life.  This troubling development makes Social Security less progressive, as discussed below — and some widely discussed changes, like...

Life Expectancy Rising Faster for Higher Earners