The Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program in the
United States makes available a basic level of monthly income upon the attainment of retirement eligibility age
, death, or disability by insured workers. The OASDI program consists of two separate parts which pay benefits to workers and their families—Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI). Under OASI, monthly benefits are paid to retired workers and their families and to survivors of deceased workers. Under DI, monthly benefits are paid to disabled workers and their families.
The Board of Trustees was established under the Social Security Act to over
see the financial operations of the OASI and DI Trust Funds. The Board is composed of six members. Four members serve by virtue of their positions in the Federal Government: the Secretary of the Treasury, who is the Managing Trustee; the Secretary of Labor; the Secretary of Health and Human Services; and the Commissioner of Social Security. The other two positions, which are currently vacant, are for members of the public, to be appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is designated as Secretary of the Board.
The Social Security Act requires that the Board, among other duties, report
annually to the Congress on the actuarial (financial) status of the OASI and DI Trust Funds. This annual report, for 2008, is the 68th such report.