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Robert J. Myers, Longtime Chief Actuary of SSA, Dies at the age of 97

Press Release, February 15, 2010

Robert J. Myers, Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration (1947–1970), passed away from pneumonia on Saturday, February 13. He was 97. 
 
Bob Myers, as he was known to friends and colleagues, began working on Social Security in 1934 – the year before the program's enactment – as a young actuary with the Committee on Economic Security. After serving as Chief Actuary at SSA, Bob later became Deputy Commissioner of Programs (1981–1982).

PRESS RELEASE: When to Take Social Security: Questions to Consider

Press Release, January 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Monthly benefits will be higher for the rest of your life and you can get as much as a 76% boost in monthly retirement benefits if you delay claiming Social Security benefits, according to a new National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) brief released today.  “When to Take Social Security Benefits” asks (and answers) questions that people should consider while deciding when to claim Social Security benefits.

January 2010 ~ Social Security Brief No. 31

Intent to apply due: January 26, 2010 ~ Application deadline: February 15, 2010

Policymakers Have Many Options to Make Social Security Both Solvent and More Adequate

Press Release, October 30, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – Social Security, the foundation of economic security for millions of America’s seniors and working families, can be made more adequate and solvent for the long term, according to a new report released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

The report, Fixing Social Security: Adequate Benefits, Adequate Financing, outlines approximately 30 options for putting the program’s finances into 75-year balance and more than 10 ways to make Social Security more adequate for those who rely on it. All options have long-range cost estimates from Social Security actuaries.

August 13, 2009

A new NASI poll shows preference for raising taxes to preserve Social Security.

Economic Crisis Fuels Support for Social Security

Press Release, August 13, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of the 74th anniversary of Social Security, nearly nine in ten (88%) Americans say Social Security is more important than ever as a result of today's economic crisis, and three-quarters of Americans say it is critical to preserve Social Security even if it means that working Americans have to pay higher taxes to do so, according to a poll released today by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Social Security Brief No. 30 ~ May 2009