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Answer the Call to Public Service, Become an Administrative Law Judge

March 28, 2016 • By

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Becoming an Administrative Law Judge gives you the opportunity to improve the lives of others by ensuring everyone is treated fairly, impartially, and compassionately. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) serves as an impartial judge at regulatory and benefits-granting agencies. There are approximately 1700 federal ALJs nationwide, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) employs about 1500 […]

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Social Security: The Foundation of Economic Security

March 21, 2016 • By

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When President Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security in 1935, he saw the program as a fundamental way to advance economic fairness and social justice. Social Security has grown and improved to fulfill FDR’s vision, and we have just completed a year celebrating the 80th anniversary of this important program. Today, Social Security’s insurance protection […]

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What You Need to Know About the New Laws for Claiming Retirement Benefits

March 14, 2016 • By

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Have you heard that some of Social Security’s rules about claiming benefits are changing? Well, it’s true. The Bipartisan Budget Act that passed last November closed two complex loopholes that were used primarily by married couples. We want you to know why this happened, how it might affect you, and what you should do next.

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It’s National Consumer Protection Week

March 10, 2016 • By

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Looking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and scams? Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to use credit, how to shop for a used car, or maximize your security online. Part of our commitment to bringing you superior service includes always looking for ways to help protect your identity and information. And not […]

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Social Security and the VA, Working Together for Our Heroes

March 7, 2016 • By

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Social Security honors those who have served in the U.S. military. We recognize the sacrifices these Americans made while serving our country. Often, their dedication comes at the expense of significant and lasting effects on themselves and their families. Social Security provides expedited processing of disability benefit applications for wounded warriors and veterans with a […]

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Set a Goal, Make a Plan and Save

February 25, 2016 • By

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I have a question for you. Did you know it’s America Saves Week? Here’s another one, are you saving for your retirement? One more, if you will, when was the last time you looked at your savings account? America Saves Week is an annual opportunity to reassess your answers to these questions and ask yourself […]

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Help us Create Open Government Plan 4.0

February 18, 2016 • By

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Social Security is always looking for ways to enhance your access to our information.  We are preparing to publish our fourth Open Government Plan in June. Your input regarding ways to improve our programs and services is invaluable. Our last plan, published in 2014, reflected our commitments to transparency and outlined our efforts. In our […]

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You Don’t Need A Magic 8 Ball To Find The Answers To Your Questions

February 16, 2016 • By

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Sometimes, finding answers to your questions on government websites can feel a lot like asking questions of a Magic 8 Ball™. That’s not the case with Social Security’s frequently asked questions. In 2015, Social Security won the “ClearMark Award of Distinction” for best plain language websites and documents from the Center for Plain Language for […]

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Social Security Is Important to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

February 8, 2016 • By

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Happy Year of the Monkey! The Lunar New Year is another opportunity for us to make New Year’s resolutions. For many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, having a better understanding of Social Security should be on their list of things to do. I had to learn about many of Social Security’s programs very quickly a […]

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Get Covered: Enroll America

January 14, 2016 • By

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The uninsured rate among African Americans remains incredibly high. According to the Urban Institute, despite historic gains in coverage during the first two Affordable Care Act open enrollment cycles, 1 out of every 10 African Americans (ages 18-64 years old) still live without healthcare coverage. Health insurance coverage increases access to quality medical care. Healthier individuals are more […]

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