Recognizing Those Who Make it All Possible

May 2, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

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Public Service Recognition Week, May 1-7, is a special time to celebrate those who serve our country as federal, state, county and local government employees. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Public Servants.”

Public service is a part of the foundation of our great country. We are proud to be part of that foundation.   Social Security is with you through life’s journey.  Each day our more than 60,000 employees provide invaluable service to the public in communities across the country.  Each day I witness firsthand, how our staff serve the public with care and compassion. They are enduring champions for the most vulnerable in our community assisting thousands everyday with exceptional service.

From those who work in our field and hearing offices, teleservice and payment centers, to those who serve at our headquarters, our employees embody the mission of our agency.   As Acting Commissioner, I am honored and extremely proud to work side by side with our employees in serving the needs of the public.

I want to extend my personal thanks to all of our employees for their commitment and dedication as public servants.  Securing today and tomorrow would not be possible without them. I know they will continue to provide exemplary service to the public.

Please join me in taking time this week to recognize someone for their hard work, dedication and excellence in public service.  I am sure they will appreciate the acknowledgment.

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About the Author

Carolyn Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security

Acting Commissioner of Social Security (February 14, 2013 - January 20, 2017)


  1. George

    Thank you Social Security for being there for me at time of need. Social Security was wonderful benefit that help sustain my family through my cancer. Every single Social Security staffer I worked during that period were polite and helpful. Great Job Social Security, we appreciate your outstanding efforts!

    • Ray F.

      Thank you George! We value your opinion of us and look forward to many more years of serving you in the future.

  2. Coreen H.

    Thank you Social Security workers for all your good work. I have met many employees and all are excellent and conscientious workers. Congratulations and special thanks to my daughter, who just retired after 38 years of service to the public, for her dedication to helping people.

    • Ray F.

      Thanks for your feedback Coreen! We value your opinion of us and look forward to many more years of serving you in the future. We echo the “congratulations” to your daughter in her retirement and thank her for the many years of public service.

  3. Ron

    First, I’d like to know why social security, once a cave is done it doesn’t look at an across the board appl I cation od a ruling? I’m referring in particular to a dual National Guards man having their WEP cut in half, especially after the 8th circuit court found in favor of Peterson v Astrue. Why should the government have to keep spending court/lawyer fees for every circuit court in this country when it could just make an across the board ruling. We award this to those who don’t pay in/new to the country but we can’t take care of our own feferal/military employees ? Something just doesn’t make sense

  4. David E.

    Thank you for all your under-appreciated efforts to help those of us who depend on Social Security payments! The service we have received has always been friendly and helpful.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you David! Your thoughts are important to us and we’re pleased when feedback is positive. We try hard to provide the best possible service to our customers and your satisfaction is our reward.

  5. Manuel S.

    I would think that we should all firmly and loudly shout out and press Obama to pay Social Security the same amount of $1.4 Billion Dollars into the Social Security Program as he paid Iran!!!!!!

    • Dk

      Who paid Iran? The Iran Deal was an International negotiations. Would you rather that money go to fund another Bushic/Cheenyist war? Yeesh

      • Susan

        A majority of congressmen and women, and senators also voted for that controversial war that was started on intelligence that was the same that England and other countries had also.

  6. Robert Z.

    My parents began their working lives during the Great Depression. The enactment of a minimum wage improved my dad’s ability to provide for a family, and decades later my working-class parents were able to retire…not to penury and deprivation, but to sufficiency and the availability of life’s basic necessities, thanks to Social Security. When their health failed, Medicare provided for their care. During their entire adult lives, public servants made the way smoother for them. Over the decades, Social Security never failed to timely provide the funds due them and that kept them solvent. And I, their son, now in my mid-70s, am able to pay my bills and stay healthy with the help of public servants whose exertions in my behalf have never slackened. I am so thankful to the civil servants of every rank who help me sustain some dignity and a modicum of independence in my senior years, mindful as I am of how challenging life could be for those forebears for whom the ravages of age or disability and the consequent inability to work often condemned them to scarcity and suffering.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you for sharing Robert!

    • Collyn

      Thank you Robert, You said it all for me.

  7. Carol M.

    I do thank all those employees who work hard each day in order to eventually receive their EARNED Social Security when they retire. Most of them are honest, hardworking people! I also thank those who make SSDI and SSI available to those people who truly need it. NO complaints there.

    I DO NOT, however, thank our state and federal politicians who get little done for the time they put in and yet manage to vote themselves a raise nearly every year, as well as life time medical, etc benefits whether they ‘worked’ for 2 years or 30 years! Makes no different to them! It’s time they take a look around and realize they are, for the most par,t a laughing stock by those who ARE NOT politicians! I believe they need to clean up their act soon or there may very well be riots from the everyday people as there recently were in Iraq – that rebellion was NOT against ISIS, but against the Leaders of their Country, who, like ours make sure their pockets are lined and tend to ignore the everyday citizens! JUST! MY! OPINION!

    • Ray F.

      Thanks for your comment Carol!

  8. Jermaine J.


    Harlem Social Security Office
    302 W. 126 Street
    New York, N.Y 10000

    Mr. Jermaine Johnson(Mid 40’s)
    Adult/ Youth Community Public Service Provider ’91-Presently
    Looking forward in seeing more years, Mental and Physically, I am happy to be part of the SSA Family 2002-Presently, God’s Will, and Thereafter, December, 2063
    Getting close to Dinner Good until 2026, 4/5pm

    It is all ready Food and Water Good until 2038 “The 6”

    Have a Safe Evening

    Jermaine Johnson
    It’s all Good
    A Friend(7)

  9. Roger M.

    I have tried a couple of times to open my account but get rejected. I have been receiving a check for about 6 years or so. How can I get this done.

  10. T h.

    Lets get this straight. Millions of people hav pai into social security their entire working lives. It is not an entitlemnt. I was required to submit. And now that i am too old to work i receive no raises for the years of interest the gov. Has held my money. I also pay monthly for medicare plus buy additional insuance. The only entitlemnt is from the federal gov and tits workers hited to take my money and por it into the abyss entitlement called meicaid

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