US Social Security Administration
https://www.ssa.gov/
 
Source description last updated: 4 October 2016
 
This source description focuses on the Social Security Programs Throughout the World (SSPTW) reports.
 
In brief:  The US Social Security Administration is an independent agency of the US providing social insurance to millions of Americans. Additionally, it regularly publishes reports highlighting the principal features of social security programs of more than 170 countries.
 
Coverage on ecoi.net:
Social Security Programs throughout the world (PR).
Covered monthly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A-E (all available countries).
 
Mission/Mandate/Objectives:
The SSA’s mission is to “deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public.” (SSA website: About us, undated)
 
And “to advance the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.” (SSA website: Finance, undated)
 
“Social Security helps provide workers with a secure retirement, protects workers and their families from a loss of earnings due to a serious disability, and provides critical support to the families of workers who die, while SSI provides critical aid to low-income seniors and people with disabilities.” (SSA website: Budget And Performance, undated)
 
The SSA’s description about their “Social Security Programs Throughout the World reports” states “Each volume highlights features of social security programs in the particular region. The information contained in these volumes is crucial to our efforts, and those of researchers in other countries, to review different ways of approaching social security challenges that will enable us to adapt our social security systems to the evolving needs of individuals, households, and families. These efforts are particularly important as each nation faces major demographic changes, especially the increasing number of aged persons, as well as economic and fiscal issues.” (SSA website: Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis, March 2016)
 
Funding:
“The President’s FY 2016 Budget provides $12.717 billion in discretionary funding for the Social Security Administration to improve service and combat fraud, waste, and abuse.” (SSA website: Budget and Performance, undated)
 
Scope of reporting:
Geographic Focus: More than 170 countries in the world.
Thematic Focus: old age, disability and survivors; sickness and maternity; work injury; unemployment; family allowances
 
Methodology:
“Previous editions of this report, which date back to 1937, were issued as one volume and were prepared by SSA staff. With the introduction of the four-volume format in 2002, however, the research and writing has been contracted out to the ISSA.” (SSA website: Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis, March2008)
 
“The International Social Security Association [ISSA] is the principal international institution bringing together social security agencies and organizations.” (ISSA website: The ISSA, undated)
 
“The ISSA has conducted the research largely through its numerous country-based correspondents, as well as its Social Security Worldwide Database and a myriad of other types of data that must be drawn together to update this report. Members of the ISSA's Information System and Databases Unit analyzed the information and revised the publication to reflect detailed changes to each social security program.” (SSA website: Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis, September 2007)
 
“Social Security Programs Throughout the World is based on legislation in effect in July 2015, or the last date for which information has been received by SSA or ISSA.” (SSA website: Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis, March 2016)
 
“Staff of the Division of Information Resources edited and produced the report and prepared the electronic versions for the Web.”  (SSA website: Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis, September 2007)
 
“Social Security Programs Throughout the World is the product of a cooperative effort between the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA).” (SSA website: Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis, March 2008)
 
Language(s) of publications:
English
 
Further reading / links:
Social Security Programs Throughout the World are also published on the International Social Security Association website:
https://www.issa.int/en_GB/ssptw
 
All links accessed 3 October 2016.
Homepage:
http://www.ssa.gov/
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