Data for Direct Deposit Applications filed via the Internet

Last updated on April 4, 2017

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This dataset contains fiscal year data from 2008 - 2015 and is currently available in the following formats:

This dataset contains fiscal year data beginning 2016 and is currently available in the following formats:

This dataset includes data from the extra 53rd workload reporting week in Fiscal Year 2016. 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 provides a wide range of Internet services to allow the public to conduct business via this widely used medium. For example, SSA offers members of the public who receive benefits the opportunity to change or establish direct deposit information via the Internet. Over the past 4 years, our direct deposit workload has grown and so has the use of the online application.  Our goal is to make it easier and faster for individuals to change or establish direct deposit information via the Internet from the comfort and convenience of their homes or offices.


Agency Program Description

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers a number of online applications that provide beneficiaries an alternative to visiting the office. In order to use the online start or change direct deposit application, a beneficiary must be living at and moving to an address in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or American Samoa.  The changes are sent to a database and updated to the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR).


  • 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 counts 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.

Dataset Description

These datasets provide monthly volumes at the national level from federal fiscal year 2008 onwards for Internet Direct Deposit applications.

Fiscal Year Field A
Month (by District Office Workload Report Month) Field B
Receipt Count (Internet Social Security Direct Deposit Applications) Field C
Comments Field D

These datasets include only Internet Direct Deposit transactions. It should be noted that, in addition to using our online Direct Deposit application, the public might also call our 800 number, visit a field office, or request a change of direct deposit by mail. This data set pertains only to the online alternative.

Data Collection Description

We capture the internet transactions when public users access the application. We store the transactions in our data stores and data warehouses.

Data Dictionary (for all datasets)

Field A: Fiscal Year, a federal fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.

Field B: Month (by District Office Workload Reporting Month), the reporting Month indicates the month the data was produced. Reporting months are administratively set reporting periods and do not necessarily correspond exactly to calendar months.

Field C: Internet Social Security Direct Deposit Applications, indicates the number of direct deposit applications submitted via the Internet.

Field D: Comments, includes information about a particular month’s data collection and/or reporting.