Quarterly Data for Asian & Pacific Islander Language Preferences among Initial Claims

Social Security Retirement & Survivors

Last updated on October 20, 2016

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This dataset contains quarterly data for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 and is available in the following formats:

This dataset contains quarterly data for fiscal year 2016 and onwards; data for 2016 is based on a 52-week reporting period. The dataset is available in the following formats:

This dataset contains quarterly data for fiscal year 2016 with quarter 4 shown two ways—we base one on a 52-week reporting period and one on a 53-week reporting period. See explanation below in the Notes section.


The goal of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is to improve core services provided to the public and provide alternative methods for conducting business with the agency. In support of this goal, SSA is committed to providing equal access to services for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. The above datasets provide quarterly volumes of the Social Security Retirement & Survivors initial claims at the national level for Asian & Pacific Islander language preferences.


Agency Program Description

SSA administers the Old-Age, Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund. The OASI Trust Fund is a separate account in the United States Treasury. A fixed proportion (dependent on the allocation of tax rates by trust fund) of the taxes received under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act and the Self-Employment Contributions Act are deposited in the fund to the extent that such taxes are not needed immediately to pay expenses. Taxes are deposited in the fund on every business day.

Under OASI, monthly benefits are paid to retired workers and their families, and to survivors of deceased workers. A retired worker who worked in covered employment long enough to be insured, benefits are paid based upon the attainment of age (62 or older).

When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn “credits” toward Social Security benefits. The number of credits you need to get retirement benefits depends on when you were born. If you were born in 1929 or later, you need 40 credits (10 years of work). If you stop working before you have enough credits to qualify for benefits, the credits will remain on your Social Security record. If you return to work later on, you can add more credits so that you qualify. No retirement benefits can be paid until you have the required number of credits.

Your benefit payment is based on how much you earned during your working career. Higher lifetime earnings result in higher benefits. If there were some years when you did not work or had low earnings, your benefit amount may be lower than if you had worked steadily.  Your benefit payment also is affected by the age at which you decide to retire.  If you retire at age 62 (the earliest possible retirement age for Social Security), your benefit will be lower than if you wait until later to retire.

Data Collection Description

SSA collects language preference data when members of the public contact us to apply for Social Security benefits and services.  We use our electronic systems to capture this information.  The Social Security Unified Measurement System (SUMS) provides work measurement data for all workloads processed throughout SSA.  SUMS Counts Demographics Data (SCDD) is the data source for SSA’s LEP reports.  We populate SCDD by associating the agency’s SUMS workload data with demographics data, which we house in the SUMS client tables and source by the Integrated Client Data Base.  Demographics data includes spoken language, written language, age range and gender.


  • A federal fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.  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.  2016 is a 53-week year for our workload reports.
  • Reporting quarters are administratively set reporting period and do not necessarily correspond exactly to calendar months.
  • Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 were 52-week years for our workload reports. For 2016, we present the data in two ways because 2016 is a 53-week year. The 53rd week of data is included in quarter 4; no other quarterly counts are affected.  
  • We provide both sets of data for 2016 since the 52-week data may be more appropriate for comparing 2016 to prior years that were 52-week reporting periods.  This would be particularly relevant for looking at receipts and clearances, for example.  The 53-week data may be more relevant for viewing the end of year status of workloads, especially pending cases and it represents the efforts achieved with the entire year’s resources.

Data Dictionary—Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015

Field A: Asian & Pacific Islander Language used for oral communication.

Field B - I: Receipt Counts for each Quarter for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.

Data Dictionary—Fiscal Year 2016 and Onward

Field A: Asian & Pacific Islander Language used for oral communication.

Field B Onwards: Receipt Counts for each Quarter for beginning with Fiscal Year 2016.

Data Dictionary—Fiscal Year 2016, 52 weeks and 53 weeks

Field A: Asian & Pacific Islander Language used for oral communication.

Field B – E: Receipt Counts for each Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016.  Field E, Quarter 4, is based on a 52-week reporting period.

Field F: Receipt Counts for Quarter 4 of Fiscal Year 2016 based on a 53-week reporting period.