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Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Social Security

Links to updates provided by the Social Security Administration and other agencies about economic impact payments, SSA operations, representative payees, contacting an office, scam awareness, and other important information.

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Protect Yourself from Scams and Fraud

Follow the “learn more” link for a list of resources to help you identify, avoid, and report Social Security-related scams and fraudulent activity through phone calls, email and regular mail. Links to other similar scams and other government agencies are included.

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Board Meetings & Events

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Social Security Advisory Board Releases Independent Expert Panel Report on Social Security’s Systems Modernization

Today, the Social Security Advisory Board releases the report of its independent IT Systems Expert Panel entitled “Essential Changes Imperative for the Success of Social Security’s IT Modernization and Future Operations.”


Social Security Advisory Board Releases Summary of Disability Process Improvement Ideas

Today, the Social Security Advisory Board (“Board”) released “Summary of Disability Process Improvement Roundtables” aimed to improve the process for how people apply for disability benefits and how the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines their eligibility.


Social Security Advisory Board Publishes Representative Payee Selection Study in Advance of September 24 Forum

Today the Social Security Advisory Board (“Board”) is publishing an independent, Board-commissioned study, “Selection Processes for SSA Representative Payees of Adults” by Pamela Teaster and Laura Sands, Virginia Tech Center on Gerontology, and Erica Wood, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging (retired). The authors will present the report during the Board’s upcoming virtual policy forum, Representative Payees: Opportunities to Improve Service Delivery, on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

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What is SSAB?

The Social Security Advisory Board is a bipartisan, independent federal government agency established in 1994 to advise the President, the Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on matters of policy and administration of  the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and the Supplemental Security Income  programs. The Board has seven members, appointed by the President, Senate and House of Representatives.

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Information Technology Systems Expert Panel

The Social Security Advisory Board has appointed an independent, expert panel to review Social Security’s efforts to modernize its information technology (IT), which is essential to delivering effective service to the public. The Information Technology Systems Expert Panel (“Panel”) will utilize their expertise and experience to examine progress and key initiatives of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) IT Modernization Plan, including how systems processes are developed, modified and used by SSA.