Social Security’s Equity Action PlanReading Time: 2 Minutes
Last Updated: April 14, 2022
On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order (EO) 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. The EO requires all Federal agencies “to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all including people of color and other people who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”
Our programs touch the lives of nearly every American including people who face barriers – providing income security for the diverse populations we serve. This includes:
- People with disabilities.
- People who are widowed.
- Their families.
We are committed to continuing to administer our programs in a way that promotes equity and treating all individuals who interact with us with fairness. We recognize that access to our administrative system can pose barriers to people who need our programs the most. To reduce these barriers and ensure everyone has access to our services, our Equity Action Plan includes:
- Increasing collection of race and ethnicity data to help understand whether our programs are equitably serving our applicants and beneficiaries.
- Revising our policies and practices to expand options for service delivery.
- Ensuring equitable access for unrepresented claimants in the disability application process.
- Decreasing burdens for people who identify as gender diverse or transgender in the Social Security Number card application process.
- Increasing access to our research grant programs for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions, and to procurement opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses.
Please visit Social Security Open Government Plans and Progress to learn more about each of the actions outlined in our Equity Action Plan. We look forward to advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity for all. Please share this information with your friends and family – and post it on social media.