Recognizing Those Who Make it All Possible

May 2, 2016 • By

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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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Carolyn Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security

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


  1. DAVE

    Thank God and ssa for doing so much, people would be in a lot of trouble i myself went through poverty back in the 50’s when i was just a child when i lived in washington ,DC in old sw. always hungry wondering where could i get something to eat my mother was getting ssa at the time i think about 60.00 a month but after rent for a one room shack there was not much left for both of us my mother drink a lot i would come home from school when i went and she would be past out on the bed drunk no food no nothing it does make me angry when people complain about food they just don’t know i just wish we had more Presidents that care more about people and little children live in their shoes for a while it’s real sad so you see i’m thankful for getting what i do get now.

    • Ray F.

      Thanks for your comment Dave!

  2. Ann J.

    TY SSA for all your hard work. Yes I get upset when we don’t get our little 3% raise which is desperately needed. I live in $11,000. yr prices of food going up and have to cut my food purchases short. SSA was very helpful with my transition of working to disability as I had worked since age 15. Didn’t go on welfare but did the best I could with my children. Everone from SSA has always been courteous and helpful when answering questions. They work very busy days. If you sit and wait in line to speak to a SSA agent it is very busy non stop! Not an easy job. Thank you all!! We do need more money in our cks.. TY

  3. Firozali A.

    Germans are renowned for being good savers, so it’s understandable that officials aren’t happy about the European Central Bank’s ultra-low interest rate policy. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble recently cited the ECB for causing “extraordinary problems” for German financial institutions and pensioners, but Credit Suisse analysts say it’s the other way around: German policies have kept domestic demand artificially low, which, in turn, has contributed to the need for the ECB to pursue extraordinarily accommodative monetary policy. Germany’s current account surplus reached 8.5 percent of GDP in 2015, its budget surplus is the highest it has been since reunification, and the savings-to-investment ratio is very high. Credit Suisse analysts suggest that Germany could help itself and the rest of the Eurozone by implementing more pro-growth policies while its economy is strong and borrowing costs are low. Among their prescriptions: encouraging capital investment, creating policies that spur more women to enter the workforce and increasing the number of hours they work. And a most timely recommendation: spending more money on education and training for the flood of refugees that have poured over the German border in the past year and liberalizing the services sector, both of which would help Germany’s newest residents to find jobs.

  4. Robert

    In keeping with the spirit of this email, I want to thank SSA for their service. I have been retired 5 years now and my contacts with SSA employees has been professional and efficient. This includes everything from help in deciding when to start taking payments to recently working with Miss White in the Chicago office after my online account was hacked. I have always felt the employees truly wanted to help me. Additionally, we know as insurance practices go, Medicare is by far more efficient and more economical than the for profit insurance alternatives.

  5. LexMcGuire

    Public Service week- my ass! No one is helping people on social security in Indonesia to cash their social security checks and US citizens are hungry even children. Does the US not honor US government checks in other countries. The consulate in Jakarta and the social security office will not address the crisis. Go ahead tell us what the US government is doing to solve the problem on this site; tell us that someone is willing to investigate the problem.

  6. verica b.

    Thank You for the hard Work!
    Sadly,our Money from the Fond,Goes somewhere else!
    No raise! many Seniors are struggling.Medicaid Recipient
    Are In advantage,getting Health care,Other incentives free.What would happened if Millions of American did not earn SS? Seniors should not be undermined,Many still work Paying Medicare,Supplement Inc.Lets not overlook ,it is not a Gift,it is earned hard Way!

    • Ray F.

      Thanks for your comment Verica!

  7. Rick M.

    Are you freakin’ kidding me? For what? For you keeping some of our money for yourselves. For you not giving SS a raise last fall but the president can ask for a raise? For you who will not fix the VA for the military? And I mean FIX! Not band-aid the medical group. You can buy a thank-you cake with our money!!!

    • Susan

      Rick Meilenzahl
      Congress was the one who robbed SS. The president has to get anything, including a raise authorized by congress. Clinton was the one who doubled the pay of the President and Congress approved. Of course the raise was not for himself, it was for whoever followed him, which he would not have known at the time. There have been several years in the last half dozen that there was no COLA in SS. The economy is stagnant and it is not going to get any better any time soon. I believe they are working on fixing the VA, of course, no fix is perfect.

  8. Dennis W.

    Thanks to all who perform the necessary daily tasks to assist us in receiving all the info needed to keep the system flowing. Have never been disappointed when meeting with anyone in your offices.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you Dennis! We’re pleased we can help. Social Security is committed to providing world-class customer service today and in the years to come.

  9. Mike L.

    I agree with Raymond. Thanks for a great job, well done.

    • Ray F.

      We appreciate your thoughts Mike. Thanks for your comment!

  10. Raymond

    Thanks SSA for the difficult, technical work you do for the American people.

    • Ray F.

      Thank you Raymond! 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.

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