On August 14, the Social Security Administration proudly celebrates its 80th anniversary. On that date in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, landmark legislation that continues to provide economic assistance to some of the most vulnerable members of society. Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin marked Social Security’s historic birthday by reaffirming the agency’s commitment to the public.
“As Social Security celebrates its 80th anniversary, we remain the underpinning of economic security of this country, and will continue to be a strong foundation for the next 80 years and beyond,” Acting Commissioner Colvin said. “Social Security is the most successful domestic program in America’s history. Providing outstanding customer service to the public has been a cornerstone of our agency’s mission since the beginning and will continue into the future.”
Earlier this year, Social Security launched a commemorative 80th anniversary website where people can learn more about the agency’s legacy and the importance of the Social Security program. The public has used the website, www.socialsecurity.gov/80thanniversary, to submit stories that show how Social Security has benefited them or their families.