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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This issue of the Social security Bulletin begins the 65th volume of this publication. Regular readers will immediately note the new cover, but there are also important changes inside.

In addition to providing readers with in-depth research on a wide array of topics dealing with Social security-related issues and programs, the Bulletin has long served as ajournai of record for the Social security Administration. We are working on several new features, some of which we introduce in this issue, to continue that tradition.

This issue marks a return to including in the Bulletin a section on basic statistics for the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental security Income (SSI) programs. Several issues ago, we announced a suspension of this section while we evaluated its content. The tables beginning on page 89 present detailed information about the outlays, benefit amounts, and number of beneficiaries for those programs. A summary of those statistics for March 2004 appears on the inside back cover. Key aspects of the programs are highlighted on page 118.

This issue also has a new section titled Policy Update. Last year the Office of Policy began publishing the update on its Web site, Beginning with this issue, Policy Update will also appear in the Bulletin. It will highlight recent research and statistical publications produced by the Office of Policy as well as outside research funded through cooperative agreements with the Social security Administration.

As a journal of record, the Bulletin has often included summaries or reprints of documents and reports pertaining to key developments involving the Social security Administration and its programs. In this issue, we reproduce a portion of such a report that should be of interest to Bulletin readers, and we summarize a recent release of public-use microdata files.

In November 2003, the Social security Administration published its annual Performance and Accountability Report covering fiscal year 2003 (see …

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