Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Message from the Associate Commissioner

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Message from the Associate Commissioner

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Census 2000-the 22nd decennial census- will take place on April 1. Two articles in this issue focus on issues raised by the upcoming census.

This year's census inaugurates a new way of classifying people by race and ethnicity. In addition to facing revised racial and ethnic categories, respondents will be able to identify themselves with more than one racial group. Like other federal agencies, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will be required to adopt this new approach. "Identifying the Race or Ethnicity of SSI Recipients," by Charles G Scott, examines the ways that Social Security has recorded the race and ethnicity of SSI beneficiaries in the past and identifies issues for the future.

Disability, like race, is a concept that is fraught with difficulties. Census 2000 also employs a new set of questions to identify persons with disabilities. "Collecting Information on Disability in the 2000 Census," by Michele Adler and colleagues, describes how these questions were developed-a process in which SSA staff was actively involved.

This issue of the Bulletin also includes the summary and introduction to the report of the 1999 Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods to the Social Security Advisory Board. …

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