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Social Security Administration (SSA) Annual Data for
Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Language Preferences (Telephone Interpreter Services (TIS))

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This dataset contains annual data for fiscal years 2011 onward and is currently available in the following formats:


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 offer Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals the option to use our Telephone Interpreter Services (TIS), a contract awarded and administered by the Office of Acquisition and Grants (OAG), when doing business with us.  This service has been available since 2002, is free of charge to individuals requiring language assistance, and is an important component of our service to LEP Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI). TIS interpreters are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, which allows us to provide real time service to all of our LEP customers.

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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.

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Dataset Description

This dataset displays our national TIS call volume for over 55 API languages for the last three fiscal years. A fiscal year runs from October through September. After the end of every fiscal year, we will add a new column to this report with the most recent fiscal year data.

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Data Collection Description

The vendor gathers our daily TIS usage by monitoring the number of calls received from SSA, the languages we are requesting, and the duration of each incoming call, then forwards the report to us on a monthly basis. We have faith that the TIS vendor will provide quality service and reporting data as outlined in the contract agreement’s requirements.

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Data Dictionary

Language: SSA customer’s preferred API language requesting assistance using TIS.

Fiscal Year (FY): The 12-month period from October 1st through September 30th.

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To learn more about our services, visit the SSA Multilanguage Gateway where you can read our Language Access Plan and obtain other publications.