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Volume 14, Issue 3 - October 2014

News at SSA

On September 8, the Senate cleared President Obama’s three nominees to the Social Security Advisory Board: Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institute, Alan Cohen of the Center for American Progress, and Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institute and Stanford University. Aaron will serve as chair of the independent, bipartisan board, which serves the President, Congress, and the SSA commissioner. This marks the first time since 2008 that the advisory board has had full membership.

In response to the Supreme Court’s finding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, SSA has published new instructions for processing claims by same-sex couples. For more information, visit

Welcome to the 21,075 Sophias and 18,090 Noahs born in 2013. Based on newborns’ Social Security card applications, those were the most popular male and female baby names for the year. Emma (20,788) and Liam (18,002) placed second, Olivia (18,256) and Jacob (17,976) came in third.