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Social Security Administration (SSA)
Crowdsourcing and Participation Opportunities

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The links below show examples of the way the public can participate and submit ideas.

Crowdsourcing and Participation Opportunities

One of the objectives in the SSA's Open Government Plan 4.1 is to provide the public with access to existing channels in order to participate in the work we do. Public participation enhances government effectiveness and improves the quality of the services we provide. We encourage you to share your insight and feedback.

Crowdsourcing is a process in which organizations, like the SSA, submit an open call for voluntary assistance from a large group of individuals for online, distributed problem solving. The SSA actively engages in public crowdsourcing which helps inform our future policy and service decisions. Below, you will find several active crowdsourcing communities where you can share your ideas.


The SSA uses GitHub as a public repository containing SSA open-source code. The public can browse the code, make comments, and request features or functionality.

Regulations was launched in January 2003 to provide public users with access to federal regulatory content. It was implemented and is currently maintained by the eRulemaking Management Office (PMO). The goal is to provide access and allow the public to participate in a high quality, efficient, and open rulemaking process.

Federal Register Notices

The Office of the Federal Register informs citizens of their rights and obligations, documents the actions of Federal agencies, and provides a forum for public participation in the democratic process. The publications made available through provide access to a wide range of Federal benefits and opportunities for funding and contain comprehensive information about the various activities of the United States Government.

Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis

The SSA partners with academic institutions, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations to research and evaluate a wide range of topics pertinent to both Social Security retirement and Social Security disability policies. These groups, or consortia, conduct research, prepare policy briefs and working papers, hold periodic meeting, and provide research and training support for young scholars. Below are links to more information.

Other Participation Opportunities


The SSA produces informative, interactive webinars designed to provide the public with useful information about Social Security programs and services in easily accessible and understandable formats. Past webinar topics have included retirement planning, online services available for Spanish speakers, and “Social Security 101: What’s In It For Me?”, a webinar informing college students and young workers about Social Security’s relevance to their generation. More webinars are available at the links below.

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