Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Message from the Acting Associate Commissioner

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Message from the Acting Associate Commissioner

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Social Security's Office of Policy is taking further steps to make our analyses, research, and statistics more accessible and easy to use. This issue of the Bulletin includes results from a survey we conducted of satisfaction with our products. Based on this analysis and your recommendations, we are making many changes. As part of an agency-wide effort, we are redesigning our Web site to include more complete and up-to-date information that can be accessed more logically, quickly, and efficiently. We are reformatting and labeling statistical publications for easier access by the visually impaired and greater consistency across publications. And we are developing data on beneficiaries of the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs through two new public-use microdata files.

Social Security reform is a topic of particular interest to many of our readers. This issue of the Bulletin includes three articles relating to reforms here and in other countries.

One article studies overall wealth, which includes pension wealth and Social Security wealth as well as other components such as housing equity and other financial assets. Wealth levels and portfolio composition by race and ethnicity give clues to future retirement incomes of some traditionally less well-off groups under Social Security reforms involving individual savings. …

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