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What is the Social Security Administration (SSA)

Updated: May 16, 2024

SSA definition and meaning

The Social Security Administration is the federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that administers Social Security Act. 


More about the SSA

Originally named the Social Security Board, it was SSA that assigned you your Social Security number. SSA also administers many social relief and financial security programs, including:

  • Social Security retirement insurance
  • Survivors insurance
  • Disability insurance 
  • Supplemental Security Income program for the aged, blind, and disabled. 


Who Runs the SSA?

Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi is the current acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA.)

Using SSA in a sentence

“While you’ll find SSA offices all over the US, the SSA headquarters is located in Woodlawn, Maryland.”

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