Data for Direct Deposit Applications filed via the Internet

Last updated on August 30, 2016

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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:



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).

Dataset Description

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

Federal Fiscal Year Field A
Month (by District Office Workload Report Month) Field B
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

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

Field B: (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.