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How Social Security Shares Data to Help You

April 10, 2017 • By

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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

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Stephen Evangelista, Associate Commissioner, Office of Data Exchange and Policy Publications

Stephen Evangelista is the Associate Commissioner for the Office of Data Exchange and Policy Publications


  1. Scott B.

    trying to located ,y disability id payer number for taxes…please help me through this maze!!

  2. wilda J.

    i appiled for early retirement this month and got a promotion and will be making 27000.00 a year, can i stop it before getting check in august. I will be 62 in june.

  3. DR D.

    Federal Stakeholder

  4. Karen D.

    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

    • Jeff

      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.

    • R.F.

      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!

  5. James K.

    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.

    • R.F.

      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.

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  7. Ricardo R.

    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

    • R.F.

      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. Hospitals &.

    Information and the mechanism for delivering it are the glue that holds together the structure of businesses. Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford solved the problem of cost and difficulty of coordinating large-scale, complex operations through proprietary information systems and hierarchic control. Information does not mean just data. In the context of business information means inventory. Competitive advantage and its sustainability are the key drivers of success.

    I have U.S. Customs institutionalized at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. They call themselves Homeland Security and don’t make a fool of themselves going around asking for protection money. They don’t need a black bear to assault the people who do the accounting for the 2.37% DI tax rate 2016-18 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 the 2.4% DI 2017 and 2.2% DI 2018 like the tardy Actuary or $6 million terrorism finance for slash and burn forest labor from the last Harvard author I cited at this blog. US Customs has the United States Coast Guard to thank for the thermal effluence from the Potomac. that is causing drought and forest fires in the Great Plains and record heat in the Gulf states in violation of the ENMOD treaty Washington v. Harper (1990). The President must ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty of 1982 to regulate his anarchist Commandant of the Coast Guard Climate Control Program. The Commander-in-Chief must cease to threaten to deprive the relief benefits from the civilians in violation of 18USC246 because neither he, nor his Republican budget director, have even attempted to do the accounting of the Historical Tables, let alone get it right like I have, and cannot stop doing their civilian neighbor wrong by way of being taken advantage of by the armed forces the laws warn liberals but not fascists about…right

    Throw them in the Potomac

    Get a State Mental Institution Library Education

  9. Shanel V.

  10. Adam C.

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

    • R.F.

      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!

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