Social Security

Financial sustainability and other topics related to the Social Security program.

Social Security Committee issue brief exploring possible design changes to Social Security to address issues faced by a growing part of the U.S. population who may attain advanced ages and lack adequate resources. (June 30, 2016)

Social Security Committee issue brief on 2016 Social Security Trustees Report examining the program’s long-term solvency issues and recommending that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program.
(June 27, 2016)

Social Security Committee issue brief on the Disability Insurance Trust Fund shortfall and ways to improve its long-term financial viability.
(August 20, 2015)

Social Security Committee issue brief on 2015 Social Security Trustees Report examining the social insurance program’s long-term solvency issues and recommending that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of the program. (July 29, 2015)

Janet Barr, former chairperson of the Academy’s Social Security Committee, post-hearing testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance following its hearing on “Social Security: Is a Key Foundation of Economic Security Working for Women?” (January 15, 2015)

Janet Barr, former chairperson of the Academy’s Social Security Committee, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance hearing on “Social Security: Is a Key Foundation of Economic Security Working for Women?” (December 9, 2014)

Social Security Committee issue brief on 2014 Social Security Trustees Report examining the social insurance program’s long-term solvency and stating that Congress should act soon to improve the long-term financial outlook of Social Security. (October 21, 2014)

The Academy published a new Essential Elements paper, Securing Social Security, that examines the long-term solvency challenges facing the nation’s largest social insurance program and approaches that could provide adequate long-term financing for the program. Essential Elements is a series designed to make actuarial analyses of public policy issues clearer to general audiences. (July 28, 2014)

Social Security Committee issue brief analyzing Social Security design changes that would create a defined contribution system within the program for workers to accumulate contributions in individual accounts to fund their retirement income. (May 27, 2014)

Social Security Committee updated issue brief that discusses measures to evaluate Social Security reform proposals. (May 2, 2014)

A public policy monograph that analyzes proposals to address Social Security’s financial challenges. (March 3, 2014)

Academy policy paper on the benefits of raising Social Security’s retirement age to help solve the program’s long-term financial problems. (February 26, 2014)

Social Security Committee issue brief examining the 2013 Social Security Trustees Report. (August 12, 2013)

Letter from Senior Pension Fellow Don Fuerst to Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Becerra of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security in response to questions from Chairman Johnson following Fuerst’s May 23 testimony to the subcommittee. (July 31, 2013)

Senior Pension Fellow Donald Fuerst’s testimony at a House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, hearing that examines bipartisan proposals to adjust Social Security benefits and their impacts on the program’s solvency, finances, beneficiaries, workers, and the economy. (May 23, 2013)

Academy’s Letter to the New York Times Editor On “Social Security: It’s Worse than You Think” Opinion Piece
(January 9, 2013)

Issue guide on Social Security to help evaluate Social Security reform proposals. (December 17, 2012)

Social Security Committee issue brief that examines “means testing,” an option to reform Social Security that would reduce or eliminate benefits for wealthy and/or high-income participants and beneficiaries. (December 11, 2012)

Slides from the November 27, 2012 Social Security webinar discussing the assumptions used to evaluate Social Security’s financial condition, and providing an overview of the actuarial status of Social Security based on the 2012 Trustees report. The audio of the presentation is available here. (November 27, 2012)

Social Security Committee issue brief examining the assumptions used to evaluate Social Security's financial condition. (May 31, 2012)