Social Security Administration (SSA) Semi-Annual Data for
Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Language Preferences
It is essential that SSA employees have the tools to communicate effectively with the American public, regardless of an individual's inability to communicate effectively in English. To achieve our commitment to provide fair and equitable service, we allow our employees who are bi- or multilingual to provide interpreter and translator services to Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. We maintain a Nationwide Translator Database, which our employees use to locate bi- or multilingual employees who self-identify as interpreters and/or translators. The National Translator Database is a nationwide consolidation of the Agency's translation resources.
Data Set Index
Agency Program Description
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is an independent agency of the United States federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivor's benefits. To qualify for these benefits, most American workers pay Social Security taxes on their earnings; future benefits are based on the employees' contributions. Social Security taxes fund the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Trust Funds that we use to pay Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance benefits. SSA also administers the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, a federal needs-based program financed through general revenue funds. We have approximately 65,000 employees and deliver services through a nationwide network of about 1,500 offices. We also have a presence in several United Stated embassies around the globe.
Data Set Description
This data set displays our semi-annual national number of bi- or multilingual employees who volunteer their services as an interpreter and/or translator in their identified Asian and Pacific Islander (API) language. The report shows that we have over 1,500 self-identified employees who are bi- or multilingual in over 50 API languages and dialects.
Data Collection Description
We usually canvas our offices twice a year (January and July) for bi- or multilingual employees who wish to volunteer their services as interpreters and/or translators. We have faith that our offices provide accurate data when submitting their bilingual employee numbers.
A Federal Fiscal Year (FY) is the 12-month period from October 1st through September 30th. Most years our fiscal year workload reports contain 52 weeks since we include only full weeks, rather than cut off in the middle of a week. Every few years the reporting period is 53 weeks when we apply the end of week cutoff. FY 2016 is a 53 week year for our workload reports.
Single asterisk (*): no survery was done for the second half of 2015, thus the data for July 2015 matches the data for January 2015.
Double asterisk (**): survey was done one time during these years.
API Language: The API languages our employees self-identify as speaking.
Fiscal Year (FY): The 12-month period from October 1st through September 30th.