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[Excerpt] The Social Security Administration manages the Nation’s social insurance program—consisting of retirement, survivors, and disability insurance programs—commonly known as Social Security. It also administers the Supplemental Security Income program for the aged, blind, and disabled. The Administration is responsible for studying the problems of poverty and economic insecurity among Americans and making recommendations on effective methods for solving these problems through social insurance. The Administration also assigns Social Security numbers to U.S. citizens and maintains earnings records for workers under their Social Security numbers.


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U. S. Government Printing Office. (2008). U.S. government manual 2008-2009 edition: Social Security Administration. Washington, DC: Author.