The mission of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is to provide quality Social Security services to the public. SSA administers three programs under the Social Security Act: the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) program, the Disability Insurance (DI) program, and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. SSA collects death data in order to administer the SSI program and to prevent improper payments to deceased individuals, as well as to identify individuals who are eligible for survivor benefits. It also shares this death data with qualifying federal and state agencies for programmatic purposes.
Per Section 802 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the Academy is pleased to conduct a Study and Report to Congress on the Sources of and Access to Death Data for SSA. Death data are important to SSA, the Department of the Treasury, and other federal agencies in their efforts to eliminate improper payments. However, the data are initially collected at the state level, which raises a series of budgetary, information security, and reporting issues. As required by the Appropriations Act, the Academy will conduct an:
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