Howard E. Bowles, Regional Commissioner

Meet Howard Bowles

The Social Security Administration's Seattle Region proudly serves the residents of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Our region encompasses 23% of America's landmass and spans three time zones.

Chances are good that your first contact with Social Security will be with one of our highly trained telephone service representatives based right here in the Pacific Northwest. One of Social Security's largest teleservice centers is in Federal Way, Washington.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) website at offers visitors the opportunity to conduct much of their business with SSA directly online. After you have created a my Social Security account, you can read about how Social Security might help you now and in the future, estimate the amount of your retirement benefit, and even file for benefits online. You would join the many people in the Seattle Region who have chosen to use online services.

Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (the toll-free TDD number for the deaf and hearing-impaired community is 1-800-325-0778) or visit us online at with any questions or to report changes.

You may also visit us at any of our local field offices. Their goal is to provide services to our diverse region with high quality, professional service, every time you need help. They are there to answer your questions, explain our programs and take your applications for benefits. If you or your group would like more information or to arrange for a speaker, please contact our Regional Communications Office. If you're interested in finding out more about a career where you can make a difference in people's lives and your own, click on our Social Security Careers link.

Welcome to Social Security's Seattle Region!