Author: William R. Morton, Analyst in Income Security
This report provides background on mandatory spending for SSA’s programs but its focus is on annual discretionary appropriations for SSA’s administrative activities. It begins with a brief description of SSA’s programs and then examines the agency’s projected spending on benefit payments and operating costs in FY2017. Next, it provides an overview of the FY2017 President’s budget request for all of SSA’s accounts, the FY2017 Commissioner’s budget request for the agency’s administrative accounts, and major congressional actions on SSA’s appropriations for FY2017. Lastly, the report examines trends in the budget request and the appropriation for the limitation on administrative expenses (LAE) as well as how changes in the composition of the LAE appropriation have affected agency workloads. Most of the data presented in this report can be found in SSA’s FY2017 budget justification to Congress, which is available at https://www.ssa.gov/budget/.