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About the agency

The Social Security Administration (SSA) was established as the Social Security Board in 1935. In 1939, it was placed under the Federal Security Agency (FSA). In 1946, its name was changed to SSA. In 1953, when FSA was abolished, SSA became part of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In 1994, SSA became an independent agency.

Our holdings

Government Documents provides access to an extensive collection of SSA publications, including the following categories:

  • Handbooks, manuals, and guides
  • Treaties
  • Congressional hearings, reports, and documents about social security
  • Legislative histories of social security laws
  • Statistical publications

Some of the most important series are:

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