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March 15, 2014

Social Security: 2014 is a year of changes at Social Security Administration

I am excited to share this article, written by a co-worker, about some very important changes happening this year at Social Security. I hope everyone will take a few minutes to read what’s in store.

A new year is a time for change. Two and a half months ago, people across the world made resolutions and set goals to better themselves and the world around them. Whether you want to shed a few pounds, secure your  finances for retirement, devote more time to charity or go on a vacation you’ve always dreamed about, chances are you had some ideas for a fresh start in 2014.

Social Security was no different. Our goal is to provide the best service possible to everyone who comes to us for help, whether they’re applying for disability benefits or getting verification of their Social Security number. By investing in new technologies and finding innovative, cost-effective ways to deliver service, we are able to reach this goal. We continue to rank high in customer service satisfaction and have the best online services in government, providing the best service to those who come to us for help. 

Technology is vital to delivering quality service, and we continue to provide more options for customers to do business with us over the Internet or through self-service kiosks. For example, “my Social Security” provides people who use the Internet a secure way to do business with us in an easy and convenient way at

We are making changes in the way we provide some services so we can serve the vast majority of Americans better and more efficiently. Most people won’t even notice the changes. So allow us to fill you in.

Later this year, Social Security will stop providing benefit verification letters in our local offices. You can still get an instant letter online by creating a personal “my Social Security” account at, or by calling our toll-free telephone number at (800) 772-1213 to request one by mail. 

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