The Bureau of the Census, the Bureau of Natural Resources (now the Bureau of Land Management), and the Department of Education routinely use SSNs to identify the appropriate school records for the individuals they are sent.
There are some programs that have issued their own unique Social Security numbers. Since 1935, the Selective Service System has issued numbers to all young men in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Veterans Administration and the National Guard Bureau have also issued numbers to people who serve in the military.
People who receive certain government payments and services are required to provide their SSNs for the purpose of obtaining additional benefits or for other administrative purposes. In fact, the Social Security card has become the de facto standard for identifying the household files for these programs. If a person shows two cards, one denoting his work-based benefits and another representing social security benefits, he is not receiving only one government benefit. This fact is easily verified. Therefore, the program providing the benefit issues only the social security card.
Other federal benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and food stamps, also require identification using a Social Security number. The Department of Health and Human Services has established procedures for assigning the SSA national identification numbers. It plans to use these numbers to reduce its workload in verifying and administering the many other benefits that are administered through the Health and Human Services (HHS) compound. d2c66b5586