Social Security Legislative Histories Now Online

These documents, also known as "Downey Books", contain a chronological set of documents pertinent to the legislative development of law, such as congressional debates, legislative bulletins, and reference materials. This collection consists of the entire set of legislative histories produced by the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs from 1935-2004. Click here to view.

  • Preparing SSA officials to testify before Congress;
  • Coordinating the development of legislative proposals designed to improve our programs;
  • Developing SSA's regulations, Social Security Rulings, and Federal Register Notices; and
  • Securing approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for SSA's collection of information from the public (through forms, applications, surveys, etc.). 

This site provides information about SSA's legislative and regulatory programs, resources for legislative research, and copies of communication between SSA, Congress, and the public.  This site includes:

  • Written testimony of SSA officials before Congress;
  • Legislative Bulletins (summaries of active legislation with provisions affecting our programs);
  • SSA’s legislative packages approved by OMB;
  • A regulatory process overview;
  • SSA-related laws, reports to Congress, and program statistics.