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2021 SSI Statement on Dedicated Accounts

August 25, 2021

The Board’s 2021 SSI statement examines dedicated account policy and its impact on SSI recipients and their families, their payees, and SSA. It also summarizes available data on dedicated accounts, past recommendations to modify or eliminate them, and administrative flexibility available to the Commissioner to make changes to dedicated accounts absent legislative action.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 gives Board members the opportunity, individually or jointly, to include their views on SSI in SSA’s annual report to the President and Congress on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The Board or one of its members has submitted a statement for each SSI Annual Report from 1998 to the present. Previous Board SSI Statements are available here.

Previous Board Work

2020 Roundtable on Reexamining Long-Standing SSI Dedicated Account Challenges

On November 19, 2020, the Social Security Advisory Board held a virtual roundtable building on its 2019 statementThe roundtable examined the purpose, oversight, administration, and impact of dedicated accounts on recipients, their payees, and SSA. It also explored potential solutions to address long-standing and contemporary challenges associated with these accounts. Watch the roundtable.

2019 SSI Statement on Dedicated Accounts

The 2019 statement outlines the complexity of dedicated accounts for children with the accounts, their payees, and SSA. It also provides an overview of the legislative history and past bipartisan calls for their elimination. The statement notes the Board’s intention to further explore the issue. Read the statement.