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Definition of "award"

Award data

Beneficiary data

Definition
A person has been awarded a benefit means that the person has become entitled to a certain type of benefit. This definition encompasses not only newly entitled beneficiaries, but also cases where a person converts from one benefit type to another. An example of such a conversion is a case where a disabled-worker beneficiary attains the normal retirement age and becomes a retired worker. Another example is a case where a spouse of a retiree becomes an aged widow(er) upon the death of her or his spouse.

Please keep this definition in mind when accessing our award data.

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Last reviewed or modified Thursday Nov 12, 2009
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