How Social Security Shares Data to Help You

data sharingSocial Security is with you throughout life’s journey — when you’re born, start working, get married, become disabled, lose a loved one, and when you retire. At every stage, we strive to make your interaction with us as seamless as possible. One way we do that is through our data exchange programs. Data exchange happens when Social Security electronically obtains or shares personal information about someone with another government or private entity. This only happens when it’s legally permitted, technologically secure, and in accordance with your individual privacy rights.

Our data exchanges begin at birth when Social Security receives your name, date of birth, and parents’ names from states so we can provide a new social security number for a baby. This allows Social Security to create your first Social Security record.

Our data exchanges continue when you take your driving test or request an identification card with a department of motor vehicles (DMV). Our exchanges allow the DMV to verify your Social Security number to issue a government document or register you to vote. When you get your first job, employers use the Social Security verification service to verify your information before submitting your wage reports to Social Security. This ensures we can accurately track your earnings over your lifetime to secure your retirement, disability, and survivors coverage.

If you become disabled and eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance, we share your data with other federal agencies to help you get additional benefits, such as those from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, if you’re a veteran. If you served in the military, we obtain a veteran’s status as a wounded warrior to expedite your disability claim with Social Security. We also provide disability status to the U.S. Department of Education for potential student loan forgiveness.

After a person’s death, Social Security gathers death information from states, and other federal agencies through data exchange to support their loved ones and provide final death benefits.

Data exchanges facilitate Social Security’s efficient administration of our programs while saving tax payers’ money. You can find more information about Social Security data exchange programs at www.ssa.gov/dataexchange.

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36 thoughts on “How Social Security Shares Data to Help You

  1. The staff at the Anchorage, Alaska social security office are mean-spirited. All of them, including the so-called supervisor. I avoid you as much as possible because even after four years, the word “Social Security Office” fills my mouth with a bad taste. Bring back the gals who operated the satellite office in Wasilla once a month. Those gals (even though from the Anchorage office), were true servants, unlike the so-called civil servants I encountered at the front desk and in the private booths of the Anchorage office.

      • Aka, have you seen the price of eggs in AK?!!! Regardless you are one of the rudest people I have seen respond. Did your mother teach you nothing?

        Social Security employees are just like any other employees anywhere Georgianna. Unfortunately you run into some rude ones, some who do not know the rules and regulations and then there are some who are absolutely wonderful and knowledgeable. I fully expect the knowledge to be lacking with all the budget cuts coming under this current President and his administration who have no knowledge of government laws and regs at all. Good luck to us all.

    • You can contact your local Social Security office directly, or you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  2. Is there a way for Social Security to Share death info w/social media so they can close accounts for those that have died?

  3. Congratulations to Social Security on its first annual Social Security month.
    Social Security is the most wonderful social insurance program in the world.it is the only one of the three legs of the retirement which is almost universal.
    Fifty percent of Americans have no other retirement savings. And only a small percentage of Americans have pensions.
    Besides retirement benefits Social Security also provides disability and survivors benefits.
    A PERFECT TRIFECTA
    Mel

    • Yes it is great! But we are at huge risk of loosing it! Be sure to advocate with your politicians and Our President before this great system is dismissed or torn apart.
      I and many of my friends are very worried! My husband and I are 73 and 70 and we need it to live!! For example, this last few weeks, our costs for doctors and prescriptions were so HIGH and that is not even the Medical care costs! Please pay attention to what is happening in our mixed up world!
      Thanks, Colleen

  4. Why does the Social Security office not keep you informed of the status of your disability claims. I have never been told the max amount of time it can take to go through all the appeals. I do not have a clue when a court date will be. I am lost and losing all everything I worked for since I was 14. The government gives you a deadline to pay your taxes but, not a deadline to GET YOUR OWN MONEY!!!!

    • The average time frame is 17 months from the date you filed to have a hearing until the hearing is held.

      That is the average wait time, 17 months. Look up what actual city you hearing office is going to be held at.

      Look at this site https://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/01_NetStat_Report.html to find your corresponding office city to find that particular hearing office average wait time.

      For example the x34 Buffalo hearing office average wait time is 23.0 months.

      You will be notified by mail at least 20 days before your hearing is to be held on exactly the date time and place the hearing will occur.

      Say you filed for a hearing 8 months ago and the average wait time for the particular hearing office is 21 months.

      YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE NOTIFIED BY SSA MONTH TO MONTH SAYING YOUR AVERAGE IS GOING DOWN A MONTH!!!!!!!!

      You, nor anyone else are going to get regular letters saying that your hearing is still pending……

      20 days before your hearing you will be notified.

      Look to see when you filed for the hearing and the average wait time in months until your hearing is held by using the link I provided above.

      That will give you an accurate timeframe of what month and year that your hearing should be held.

      As I said once you have a hearing pending, SSA WILL NOT AND CAN NOT regularly send you letter just saying you have a hearing pending.

      You’re welcome in advance….

    • Thanks for sharing your comment in our blog, Evonne. The length of time it takes to get a hearing can vary from state to state. We attempt to resolve all claims promptly, but there may be delays due to the volume of pending appeals in your area. The good news is that we are trying to conduct many of our hearings through video teleconferencing (VTC) to speed up the process. Visit our “Hearing And Appeals” web page for more information, and continue working with your local hearing office on specific questions about your case.

  5. If SSA office used this data exchange efficiently then claims would be expedited and there would be no appeal because disability would be granted the second the “workers” at the SSA office saw the earnings on the person who applied and they denied, earnings dropped and for a lengthy period of time. Why allow SSA access if they don’t use it appropriately.

    • Oh yeah Maria, you are completely correct.

      SSA should just look at a person’s earnings record and since they don’t see current work history, they should just automatically find them disabled……….

      Are you absolutely out of your mind or do you honestly believe the nonsense that you are talking about???

      If what you are saying you think should happen, were to happen, this is how it could and would go down.

      Someone works 5 years in a row at a good job to be insured for SSDI. They quit and get a medical record saying they are disabled from some random doctor. They wait a year and apply…..

      Because there is no work earnings within the last year, SSA should instantly find them disabled………

      Oh yeah Maria, you are absolutely correct, that is some GREAT thinking! Write to your congressman so they can enact your insane recommendation immediately…….

  6. All of my interactions with SSA administration have been with the highest quality of professionalism and curtesy, love you all!!!!

    • We appreciate your thoughts Adam. Social Security is committed to providing world-class customer service today and in the years to come. Thanks for your comment!

  7. I am retired question: If want to go to live in Mexico can I have my social security check there ? And It is possible to have Medicare medical services in Mexico also ? Thanks for your advise.Respetously Ricardo

    • Hi Ricardo. Medicare benefits are generally available, only for medical services provided in the United States. If you are a U.S. citizen, you may continue to receive payments outside the United States as long as you are eligible for payment and you are in a country where we can send payments. Our Payments Abroad Screening Tool will help you find out if you can continue to receive your Title II Social Security payments if you are outside the United States. Please keep in mind that, all Social Security beneficiaries living outside the U.S. are required to report their change of address, even if we are sending their payments to a bank or other financial institution. Also, you will be required to contact your local Social Security office if you decide to terminate your Medicare benefits. For further assistance or to make an appointment, call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. We hope this information helps!

  8. On Social Security Tax, my question is to understand why do I still pay this tax when I am over 67 and receive Social Security payments with no limit of what I make in the Private Sector as a contractor.
    If I am maxed out why does the IRS still keep making me pay this tax? Or does my SSA payment get larger?
    It seems the question involves SSA and IRS.

    • Thank you for your question Mr. Kane. Everyone working in covered employment or self-employment regardless of age or eligibility for benefits must pay Social Security taxes. If you work and are full retirement age or older, the earnings limits no longer apply, and the amount you make at work will not affect your Social Security benefits, no matter how much you earn. In the other hand, some people have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable income that must be reported on your tax return) in addition to your benefits. For further income tax questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040. We hope this information helps.

  9. Back in 2015 we have a joint client that lost his wife in February and with the redeposit of his spouses February benefit it was incorrectly returned to the Social Security thus proclaiming him deceased. It took ten months for us to work through this and bring him back to life and receiving benefits on a monthly basis. All was well in 2016, Then February 2017 his income verification that was shared with the VA showed all of the double posting amounts and the reversals so we took care of that with a new letter to the VA showing them the work that we had done together in 2015 and what his true income was. This is where I got perplexed our client purchased a trailer and is trying to get insurance on it to take places and camp. The kicker is that Discover Credit Cards has him marked deceased and will not reopen their account and change the status so that it can be closed without a letter from Social Security Office telling them that our client is indeed alive and receiving benefits? The insurance company will not issued insurance with him marked deceased on his credit bureau on an account. They take their information from your Data Exchange. “Data exchanges facilitate Social Security’s efficient administration of our programs while saving tax payers’ money..” How do we go about getting a letter from Social Security to send to the Discover Card letting them know that they can change his status. I look forward to your assistance

    • The only people that can type up something specific like that are the Social Security Employees from your local SSA office.

      The person that was pronounced deceased and then resurrected on Social Security’s records would have to be the one to show up in person, with I.D. a drivers license, state I.D. or U.S. passport, so that he or she could request them to type up a specific letter.

    • Hi Karen, please ask your client to contact the local Social Security office directly. To make an appointment or if he has specific questions, he can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

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