Doug Walker, Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Protecting Your Social Security Number from Identity Theft

August 25, 2016 • By

Every year, millions of Americans become victims of identity theft. Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personally identifiable information and pretends to be you. They can use this information to open bank or credit card accounts, file taxes, or make new purchases in your name.  

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Social Security Benefits U.S. Citizens Outside the United States

August 8, 2016 • By

Over half a million people who live outside the United States receive some kind of Social Security benefit, including retired and disabled workers, as well as spouses, widows, widowers, and children.

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Be Ready For This Journey and the Next

July 28, 2016 • By

You packed your bathing suit and beach towels. The sunscreen is handy and ready to apply. Your hat is firmly on your head while you sport those stylish shades. The time is finally here, and you’re going on vacation. Hooray!

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Lend a Helping Hand and You Can Make a Difference

July 21, 2016 • By

Life can change in the blink of an eye. One moment you live in a warm, safe place; the next moment you can find yourself without a roof over your head. Who do you turn to? Where can you go?

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You Know What I Mean

July 14, 2016 • By

We want our friends, family, and even business partners to know exactly what we’re saying when we say it. As a government agency that takes pride in serving our customers, we want you to understand our answers to your questions the first time, too.

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Your Social Security Statement is now at your fingertips

July 7, 2016 • By

Have you ever received a Social Security Statement in the mail? You know, the one that shows all the earnings you’ve had each year and how much you could receive per month in Social Security benefits when you retire? The Statement contains crucial information workers need to plan for a comfortable retirement. Now, thanks to […]

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Our New and Improved Same-Sex Couples Website

June 30, 2016 • By

Social Security touches the lives of every member of the public. Our commitment is to treat all people with compassion and respect. This month, we joined the nation in celebrating LGBT Pride Month. The purpose of this commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history […]

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With Social Security Online Services, You Don’t Need to Stretch the Day

June 20, 2016 • By

It’s the summer solstice, longest day of the year. You have more time to accomplish all the things on your to-do list. Unfortunately, you can’t say the same for the days to follow. With busy schedules and constant multi-tasking, it seems like everyone is juggling the multiple chores and obligations of everyday life. That’s why […]

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Social Security Embraces Diversity

June 6, 2016 • By

Ramadan, which begins on June 6 this year, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran. This is only one of many different religious celebrations that will take place in America, as we are one of the […]

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

May 30, 2016 • By

Many people think that disability is something that happens to someone else. Unfortunately, disability is unpredictable and can happen to any person, at any age. Millions of Americans live with disabilities. Disability affects those afflicted and their families.

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