The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2014 is 1.5 percent for the nearly 63 million Americans who collect monthly benefits. The COLA will take effect with SSI payments paid on December 31, 2013, and Social Security payments sent in January 2014. Details about the new COLA are available here.
In addition, certain program rates and limits are tied to the COLA. Information about those rates and limits for 2014 are available here.
Information about the growth in the number of people receiving disability benefits may be found in a recently published research paper here. Congressional testimony by SSA’s Chief Actuary on the drivers of the growth may be found here.The Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legislation and Congressional Affairs (ODCLCA) serves as the focal point for all legislative activity in SSA. We designed this page to provide visitors with information about SSA's legislative program, legislative research, and other matters pertaining to the flow of information between SSA and Congress.
Among other things, this site provides:
- The latest Agency testimony before Congress;
- Legislative Bulletins (summaries of active legislation) with provisions affecting our programs;
- OMB-approved Agency legislative packages;
- Reports to Congress;
- Program Statistics; and
- Resources for legislative research: law, testimony and legislative proposals from prior Congresses.