These guys have your number. Or at least you better hope they
do. The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays retirement,
disability, and survivors benefits to workers and their families.
The SSA also issues Social Security numbers and administers the
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program from more
than 1,400 offices around the country, including its regional
headquarters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas
City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. The
SSA operates primarily with an annual federal budget of about $12
billion and some $66 billion in contributions from
workers. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created Social
Security and the administration in 1935.
About 180,000 people visit the SSA's field offices and more than
435,000 people call the agency daily for filing claims and asking
questions. The SSA pays benefits to about 65 million people and
issues more than 15 million new and replacement social security
As the amount of money allotted to its annual budget continues
to fluctuate or decline, the SSA has been working to reduce costs
through the use of hiring freezes and layoffs. It laid off more
than 7,000 federal and state workers throughout 2012 and 2013. Also
over the past couple of years, the agency cut back on the amount of
hours it was open to the public, consolidated some 40 field
offices, reduced travel and agency-sponsored conferences, and
ceased mailing its social security statements.