Social Security Bulletin

Bulletin reporting data on the operations of the Social Security Administration and the results of research and analysis pertinent to the social security program.

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 3, Fall

Benefits and Beneficiaries under Public Employee Retirement
The Federal Government, the 50 States, and many localities maintain programs that provide retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to their employees. In fiscal year 1990, the amount paid out in such benefits at all levels of government was $89.2...
Debate over Extended Care Continues in Germany
The German Labor Minister has proposed that a provision for extended care as a matter of right be included in the social security system, and has introduced legislation to accomplish this. Currently, extended-care assistance is on a means-tested basis...
Determination Allows Payment of U.S. Social Security Benefits to Latvian Citizens
Prior to July 1968, U.S. Treasury restrictions prohibited the release of U.S. Government checks to, or on behalf of, individuals in the U.S.S.R., including the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. When the Treasury restrictions were lifted,...
Earnings of Couples: A Cohort Analysis
This article looks at Social Security covered earnings of wives relative to their own husbands, using interview responses from the 1990 Survey of Income and Program Participation linked to Social Security Administration records of covered earnings. It...
Excerpts from Acting Commissioner Thompson's Speech
Disability Determination Services Forum Chicago, Illinois August 30, 1993"We all know that the disability program has grown to the point where we simply cannot provide the level of service the American people deserve. We work within a system that was...
Payroll Contribution Rate Declines in the Netherlands
In contrast to the general European pattern of rising payroll contributions for social security, the combined rate paid by employers and employees in the Netherlands has moved downward from 54.85 percent of covered earnings in 1981 to 43.08 percent in...
Pension Vesting and Preretirement Lump Sums among Full-Time
Vesting among full-time private sector employees has increased dramatically over the past two decades. With further increases expected, it seems likely that almost all workers covered by a pension plan will eventually receive some kind of benefit. Coverage,...
Peruvian Pension Privatization Launched
In July 1993, Peru launched a private pension initiative via the creation of 8 pension fund management companies (AFP's according to the Spanish acronym). The AFP's were designed to administer the country's new program and oversee the transformation...
Sampling Variance Estimates for SSA Program Recipients From
Since 1987 the Social Security Administration (SSA) has published a special set of tabulations on SSA program recipients in the Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin using data derived from the Census Bureau's Survey of Income...
Statistical Notes from the New Beneficiary Data System
The New Beneficiary Data System (NBDS), developed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) over the past decade, is an increasingly important source of information on the changing circumstances of aged and disabled beneficiaries. Based initially on...
Summary of Recent Research - as the Workforce Ages: Costs, Benefits, and Policy Challenges
The age structure of the population in the United States is expected to change rapidly and dramatically in the 21st century. In 1990, 61.8 percent of the U.S. population was between the ages of 17 and 65, and 12.6 percent of the population was aged 65...
Treatment of Women in the U.S. Social Security System, 1970-88
TREATMENT OF WOMEN IN THE U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM, 1970-88This article, a reprint of a paper presented in 1988 to the International Social Security Association, traces the debate from 1970 through 1988 over treatment of women in the Social Security...
Women's Employment and the Social Security System
The rapid rise in women's labor-force participation and the great increase in diversity of family and household structures raise serious questions about the equity and adequacy of a Social Security system developed primarily to meet the needs of traditional...
Workers' Compensation: Coverage, Benefits, and Costs, 1990-91
Workers' compensation programs provide protection to workers a and their families. The programs compensate for lost wages and medical expenses incurred as a result of work-related injuries or illnesses. Survivor benefits are also provided when the disabilities...
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