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Social Security Administration (SSA) Quarterly Data for
Spoken Language Preferences of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Blind & Disabled Applicants

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This dataset contains quarterly data for fiscal years 2016 onward and is currently available in the following formats:
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This dataset includes data from the extra 53rd workload reporting week in fiscal year 2016. See explanation below in the Notes section.
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This dataset contains quarterly data for fiscal years 2014 - 2015 and is currently available in the following formats:
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Background

The goal of the 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 for spoken language preferences at the national level of individuals applying for SSI Blind & Disabled benefits.

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Agency Program Description

SSA administers two different programs which pay disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The disability standard for SSDI and SSI benefits are the same, except for issues of blindness and for SSI Disabled Child benefits (SSI DC). Eligibility for disability benefits for both programs administered by SSA has two sets of eligibility criteria, namely disability and non-disability criteria. A favorable finding is required for both disability and non-disability criteria in order for benefits to be awarded.

SSA administers the means-tested SSI program, a nationwide federal assistance program that guarantees a minimum level of income. We pay SSI benefits to help aged (age 65 or older), blind, and disabled people, who have limited income, limited resources, and are U. S. citizen or national, or in one of certain categories of aliens. An initial claim is the initial request or application submitted by the public.

For more information about the SSI program, go to: Supplemental Security Income Homepage.

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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.

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Notes

  • 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. Fiscal Year 2016 is a 53-week year for our workload reports.
  • Reporting quarters are administratively set reporting periods 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.

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Data Dictionary — Fiscal Year 2016 Onward

Spoken Language: Language preference of the claimant for oral communication.

Fiscal Year (FY) / Quarter (QTR): Receipt counts by QTR for each FY beginning with 2016.

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Data Dictionary — Fiscal Year 2016, 52nd & 53rd weeks

Spoken Language: Language preference of the claimant for oral communication.

4th Quarter (excluding 53rd week): Receipt counts by QTR for FY 2016 based on a 52-week reporting period.

4th Quarter (including 53rd week): Receipt counts by QTR for FY 2016 based on a 53-week reporting period.

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Data Dictionary — Fiscal Years 2014 - 2015

Spoken Language: Language preference of the claimant for oral communication.

Fiscal Year (FY) / Quarter (QTR): Receipt counts by QTR for FYs 2014 and 2015.

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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.