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Yearly Data for Spoken Language Preferences of Social Security Disability Insurance Claimants

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This dataset contains yearly data for fiscal years 2011 through 2015 and is available in the following formats:
CSV | XLSX

This dataset contains yearly data for fiscal year 2016 onward; data for 2016 is based on a 52-week reporting period. The dataset is available in the following formats:
CSV | XLSX

This dataset contains yearly data for fiscal year 2016 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.
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Background

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 yearly volumes for spoken language preferences at the national level of individuals applying for Social Security Disability Insurance 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 Insurance program pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.  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.

For more information about the disability program, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/.

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Data Collection Description

SSA collects language preference data when members of the public contact us to apply for Social Security and Medicare 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.

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Notes

  • 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. Fiscal Year 2016 is a 53-week year for our workload reports.
  • 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 Years 2011 through 2015

Field A: Language preference of the claimant for oral communication.

Field B – F: Receipt Counts for each fiscal year from 2011 through 2015.

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Data Dictionary — Fiscal Year 2016 and Onward

Field A: Language preference of the claimant for oral communication.

Field B Onwards: Receipt Counts for each fiscal year beginning with 2016.

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

Field A: Language preference of the claimant for oral communication.

Field B: Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2016 based on a 52-week reporting period.

Field C: Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2016 based on a 53-week reporting period.

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