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Governmental Organization

Social Security Administration

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Purpose and Activities

To promote the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America’s social security programs.

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Established in 1935; The Social Security Act created a Social Security Board (SSB), to oversee the administration of the new program. It was created as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal with the signing of the Social Security Act of 1935 on August 14, 1935. The Board consisted of three executives appointed by the president, and started with no budget, no staff, and no furniture. It obtained a temporary budget from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration headed by Harry Hopkins. The first Social Security office opened in Austin, Texas, on October 14, 1936. Social Security taxes were first collected in January 1937, along with the first one-time, lump-sum payments. In 1939, the Social Security Board merged into a cabinet-level Federal Security Agency, which included the SSB, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and other agencies. In 1946, the SSB was renamed the Social Security Administration under President Harry S. Truman's Reorganization Plan.

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Social Security Administration

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Location

Security Blvd. Woodlawn, MD United States

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