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Current Climate

Major Projects by Department - FY2009

Leading Projects at SSA - 2007
Financial Accounting System (FACTS) SSA Unified Measurement System/Managerial Cost Accountability System (SUMS/MCAS) Title II Redesign (T2R) Accelerated Electronic Disability System (AeDib) DDS Automation

Top Spending Departments - 2007
Office of the Actuary Office of the Inspector General Budget, Finance and Management

Leading Contract Winners at SSA
Lockheed Martin Corp. Hewlett Packard ViON Corp. Northrop Grumman Corp. Softmart Inc.

Brief History

The SSA began as the Social Security Board (SSB) -- via the Social Security Act of 1935. In 1939 it was merged into the a new cabinet-level Federal Security Agency, which included other health and public service functions. It officially became the Social Security Administration in 1946, and in 1953 it was moved under the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. (HEW's name was changed to the Department of Health and Human Services in 1980.)

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a law returning the SSA to the status of an independent agency in the executive branch of government. It remains an independant agency today.

From an IT standpoint, SSA was an early adopter of punch card technoogies and one of the early civilian agencies to adopt digital computer technologies.

IT Budget History

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
$727 $868 $1,026

$1,005 (Proposed)

$995 (Final)

$1,030 (Proposed)

$1,056 (Final)

$1,043 (Proposed)

$1,060 (Enacted)

$1,139 (Proposed)

Numbers = $millions. (Data from the Office of Management and Budget)

Note on 2007 & 2008: Most civilian agencies other that the Homeland Security Department have not had a full budget approved since FY2006. A continuing resolution has keep agency spending near 2006 levels.

The Medicare Connection

The administration of the Medicare program is a responsibility of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- NOT SSA. However, SSA district offices and program service centers are used for determining eligibility, processing premium payments, and for general administrative contact with eleigable citizens.

Most Common Procurement Methods



Related Links

Federal Register - SSA

Agency Profile

U.S. Social Security Administration
Windsor Park Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235

Web site

Employees: 62,000
Annual Budget: $657.3 billion (FY 2008)
Agency Executives:

  • Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner
  • Andrew G. Biggs, Deputy Commissioner

Main Offices SA - Actuary
SA - Chief Information Officer
SA - Chief Strategic Officer
SA - General Counsel
SA - Inspector General
SA - Quality Performance
SA - Budget, Finance and Management
SA - Communications
SA - Disability Adjudication and Review
SA - Disability and Income Security Programs
SA - Human Resources
SA - Legislation and Congressional Affairs
SA - Operations
SA - Systems

To advance the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs. The administration pays retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administers the Supplemental Security Income program. It also issues Social Security numbers.[1]

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[1] From the SSA's about us page.

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