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Mission of the Board

Advise the President, the Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on Social Security (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) policy.

Functions of the Board

  • Analyze the Nation's retirement and disability systems and make recommendations with respect to how the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program and the supplemental security income program, supported by other public and private systems, can most effectively assure economic security;

  • Study and make recommendations relating to the coordination of programs that provide health security with social security programs;

  • Make recommendations to the President and to the Congress with respect to policies that will ensure the solvency of the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program, both in the short-term and the long-term;

  • Make recommendations with respect to the quality of service that the Administration provides to the public;

  • Make recommendations with respect to policies and regulations regarding the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program and the supplemental security income program;

  • Increase public understanding of the social security system;

  • Make recommendations with respect to a long-range research and program evaluation plan for the Administration;

  • Review and assess any major studies of social security as may come to the attention of the Board;

  • Make recommendations with respect to such other matters as the Board determines to be appropriate.