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

Social Security Retirement & Survivors

Last updated on July 5, 2016

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


This dataset contains quarterly data for the fiscal year 2016 - onwards and is available in the following formats:



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. Generally, LEP individuals require more personalized service, such as interpreter services for face-to-face or telephone interviews and assistance in translating documents across program lines. In June 2004, SSA expanded the number of languages we collect in our workload system to 90. Our goal is to increase understanding of agency support and ease of Asian Americans & Pacific Islander community’s accessibility to transparency of data related to SSA.


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.

Dataset Description

These datasets provide quarterly volumes of the Social Security Retirement & Survivors initial claims at the national level from federal fiscal year 2014 and onwards for Asian & Pacific Islander language preferences.

Spoken Asian & Pacific Islander Language Field A
Receipt Counts by Quarter Field B - onwards


  • Reporting quarters are administratively set reporting periods and do not necessarily correspond exactly to calendar months.
  • At the end of every Quarter, we will add a new column to this report.
  • A Fiscal Year begins on October 1st and ends on September 30th.
  • Quarters are divided into:
    • 1st quarter: October 1st – December 31st
    • 2nd quarter: January 1st – March 31st
    • 3rd quarter: April 1st – June 30th
    • 4th quarter: July 1st – September 30th

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. SCDD is populated by associating the agency’s SUMS workload data with demographics data, which is housed in the SUMS client tables and is sourced by the Integrated Client Data Base. Demographics data includes spoken language, written language, age range and gender.

Data Dictionary

Field A: Spoken Asian & Pacific Islander Language indicates communication by word of mouth by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Field B - Onwards: Receipt Counts for each Quarter for each Fiscal Year starting 2014, a federal fiscal year is for the period of October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.