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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.


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.


Board Meetings & Events

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Shifting Death Data Collection from Social Security to Treasury Could Stop Payments to the Deceased

Amid reports that economic impact payments have been made to deceased people, the Board reiterates its bipartisan recommendation for Congress to transfer responsibility for the collection of death data from the Social Security Administration to the Department of the Treasury.


2020 Trustees Report Incorporates Recommendations to Improve Presentation from the Board-Commissioned 2019 Technical Panel

Social Security Trustees made changes consistent with the the recent Technical Panel on Assumptions and Method’s recommendations to clearly and effectively communicate the program’s financial status to the public.


Social Security Advisory Board Letter Urges Eliminating Filing Deadlines for COVID-19 Relief Payments for Dependents

The Social Security Advisory Board wrote to the Commissioner of Social Security, April 28, 2020 about the short turn-around time from announcement to deadline for families to complete the online form to receive the $500 relief payments for eligible dependents under the CARES Act.

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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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Social Security Advisory Board 2019 Statement on the Supplemental Security Income Program

Public Law 104-193 requires that members of the Social Security Advisory Board (“Board”) be given an opportunity, either individually or jointly, to include their views in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) annual report to the President and the Congress on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The Board has asked SSA to include the following discussion of SSI dedicated accounts in this year’s annual report.