Social Security Alumni Association

Social Security Alumni Association

Welcome to the Social Security Alumni Site!

If you have ever worked for the Social Security Administration anywhere in the United States, you are eligible to join the Social Security Alumni Association (SSAA).  Please browse this site and then click on the “membership” tab, download the form, fill it out, mail it in and join us.

Thank you for your visit.

Joe Vaughan, President

Robert Ball Died

January 30, 2008

Robert M. Ball, the commissioner of Social Security in the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations, an architect of Medicare and an influential opponent of privatizing Social Security, died Wednesday (January 30, 2008) at his home in Bowie, Md. He was 93. More.

THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND HEALTH CARE IN AGING SOCIETIES: SWISS AND U.S. PERSPECTIVES

The Embassy of Switzerland and the World Demographic Association cordially invited the Social Security Alumni Association (SSAA) to attend a workshop.   The workshop was held at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, November 6, 2007.  SSAA’s editor, Edith Keeney and Pat Sasse attended this very interesting and enlightening event.

The workshop featured two panel discussions on the state’s role in reforming social security insurance and healthcare in an aging society.  Switzerland has a widely acclaimed three-pillar social security system and institutions which, according to the World Bank, serve as role models for other countries.  Moreover, leading research in health, nutrition and product innovation is conducted by Switzerland’s pharmaceutical and nutrition industries.  At the same time, the Swiss system faces some of the same challenges as the American system.   U.S. and Swiss experts shared practices and policies, examined common areas of concern and proposed solutions on how to create sustainable systems that provide for current and future generations.

The panel discussions explored questions such as:  Can pension reforms ensure that the old age social insurance systems will be financially sustainable in the long run?  What are the conditions under which an adequate income for the elderly can be provided?  Who wins and who loses from social security reforms?

The Embassy of Switzerland is located in a brand new and modern building located in the beautiful
Adams-Morgan section of Washington, D.C.  Visiting the Embassy of Switzerland was a memorable
experience.  The two board members were very impressed with the speakers, who presented a very well considered series of ideas including facts and figures.

A summary of the event, including copies of the opening remarks, and pictures are available at the
Think Swiss Web site: http://www.thinkswiss.org/core_longevity_events.html

Think Swiss WWW.THINKSWISS.ORG is a US-wide program on Education, Research and Innovation.

The program is under the auspices of Presence Switzerland (PRS), the Swiss State Secretariat for
Education and Research (SER) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

SSA’s Work/Life Resource Center

Members of SSAA’s volunteer staff were invited to tour SSA’s Work/Life Resource Center which is part of the Office of Human Resources. We were very pleased to learn that many of the resources offered to SSA’s employees are available to SSA’s retirees as well.

The Center has a very extensive lending library consisting of booklets, pamphlets, magazines, books, CD’s, tapes and other types of materials on many topics of interest. Some of the areas covered are: Elder Care, Adult Day Care, Care giving, In-home Care, Nursing Home Care, Respite for Care Givers, Child Care; Health and Wellness, Fitness; Long Term Care; Retirement Communities; Housing and Transportation Information; Volunteer Opportunities; Retirement Planning; Education and Financial Planning. They also publish periodic electronic newsletters about topics of interest, like Eldercare, which they will send to us so that we can share pertinent information with our members via our website and in our newsletter.

Additionally, the Center has a schedule of ongoing seminars at lunch time that retirees in the commuting area may attend with prior approval. SSAA will publicize these seminars and other activities both on our website and in our newsletter whenever we receive notice about them. Any SSAA member wishing to participate in these events should contact SSAA and we will forward names to the Center for processing. Because these seminars are developed to serve current SSA employees, retirees will be notified if they are approved to attend based on available space, and given instructions about how to enter the building.

We are very excited about this opportunity and we’re looking forward to sharing these services with SSAA members.

Join the SSA, EAA Band

If you have an instrument that’s gathering dust in your attic, closet, basement, or garage, brush it off and join the SSA Band. For more information visit the “Volunteers” page on this web site or to visit the SSA, EAA site click here.

   

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