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The Social Security Act

The original Social Security Act is P.L. 74–271 (49 Stat. 620), approved August 14, 1935. The Social Security Act has been amended in part, a number of times. A list of laws which have amended the Social Security Act may be found in Volume II. Administration of the Social Security Act

The Social Security Board was responsible for administration of the original Social Security Act except for parts 1, 2, 3, and 5 of Title V (which were administered by the Children's Bureau, then in the Department of Labor); part 4 of Title V which increased the appropriations authorized for carrying out the Act of June 2, 1920 and Title VI which authorized grants to the States for public health work.

The Social Security Board was transferred to the Federal Security Agency by Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1939 and the Board's functions were to be carried on under the direction and supervision of the Federal Security Administrator. Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1946 transferred the functions of the Children's Bureau and the functions of the Secretary of Labor under Title V of the Act to the Federal Security Administrator and the Board was abolished.

The Bureau of Employment Security, with its unemployment compensation and employment service function, was transferred from the Federal Security Agency to the Department of Labor by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1949.

The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was established by Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1953 with a Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare as the head of the Department. All functions of the Federal Security Agency, which was abolished, were transferred to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The functions of the Federal Security Administrator were transferred to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.

The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was redesignated the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare was redesignated the Secretary of Health and Human Services by P.L. 96– 88, 8509, approved October 17, 1979. The Department of Health and Human Services redesignation was effective May 4, 1980 (45 Federal Register 29642; May 5, 1980). The Department of Education which was established by P.L. 96–88 was activated May 4, 1980 (Executive Order 12212 of May 2, 1980; 45 Federal Register 29557; May 5, 1980).

The Social Security Administration was established as an independent agency, effective March 31, 1995, by P.L. 103–296, 8101, approved August 15, 1994 with a Commissioner of Social Security responsible for the exercise of all powers and the discharge of all duties of the Administration. This Compilation of the Social Security Laws

This compilation contains: Volume I

(1) Table of Contents; (2) The Social Security Act; (3) Internal Revenue CodeSelected Provisions; and (4) Index to the Social Security Act. Volume II

(1) Table of Contents; (2) Other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, provisions of public laws and statutes which are cited in the Social Security Act, and provisions of public laws which affect administration of the Social Security Act but do not amend the Act, and (3) Appendixes which contain other helpful information. Effect of Compilation

This Compilation of the Social Security Laws is not prima facie evidence of the provisions of the Social Security Act or other laws or statutes which are included. This compilation has been prepared solely for convenient reference purposes.

Although they are not a part of the text of the law, citations have been included
which will enable the reader to locate the same material in the United States Code
(U.S.C.). These matching citations to the United States Code are shown within
brackets after the public law section, as for example:
Social Security Act

Sec. 201. (42 U.S.C. 401)
Public Law 99-509

Sec. 9342 (42 U.S.C. 1395b-1note]
Both sections may be found in Title 42 of the United States Code, the first at section
401 and the second in the notes following section 1395b-1. “[None assigned)” means
the provisions are not in the United States Code, but can be found in the public

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Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, $310.6

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 42, $405.4546)

Rules of Civil Procedure; 28 U.S. Code Appendix

Title 3 U.S. Code

The President

Title 5 U.S. Code Government Organization and Employees

Title 10 U.S. Code

Armed Forces

Title 11 U.S. Code Bankruptcy

Title 14 U.S. Code

Coast Guard

Title 18 U.S. Code Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Title 22 U.S. Code Foreign Relations and Intercourse

Title 28 U.S. Code Judiciary and Judicial Procedure

Title 29 U.S. Code


Title 31 U.S. Code Money and Finance

Title 32 U.S. Code National Guard

Title 37 U.S. Code Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services

Title 38 U.S. Code

Veterans' Benefits

Title 44 U.S. Code Public Printing and Documents

Title 50 U.S. Code War and National Defense

Revised Statutes of the United States, 2nd Edition, 1878
Public Law Approved

Short Title of Public Law

56 Ch. 872 03-03-01 National Bureau of Standards Act


11-02-21 (Act of November 2, 1921)


06-15-29 Agricultural Marketing Act

71-325 06-10-30 Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, 1930


06-06-33 Wagner-Peyser Act

73-479 06-27-34 National Housing Act

75-162 06-24-37 Railroad Retirement Act of 1974

75-412 09-01-37 United States Housing Act of 1937

75-717 06-25-38 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

78-410 07-01-44 Public Health Service Act

79-291 12-29-45 (International Organizations Immunities Act]

79-396 06-04-46 Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act

79-733 08-14-46 (Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946)

80-759 06-24-48 Military Selective Service Act

81-171 07-15-49 Housing Act of 1949

81-831 09-23-502 Internal Security Act of 1950

82-183 10-20-51 Revenue Act of 1951 (Jenner Amendment)

82-414 06-27-52 Immigration and Nationality Act

83-591 08-16-54 Internal Revenue Code of 1986 ....

84-885 08-01-56 (State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956)

86-372 09-23-59 Housing Act of 1959

87-293 09-22-61 Peace Corps Act ....

87-543 07-25-62 Public Welfare Amendements of 1962

87-781 10-10-62 Drug Amendments of 1962

88-210 12-18-63 Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology

Education Act.

88-352 07-02-64 Civil Rights. Act of 1964

88-525 08-31-64 Food Stamp Act of 1977

88-643 10-13-64 Central Intelligence Agency Retirement Act




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2 Enactment date.

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