If a member of the public asks whether their Social Security payment will be affected if the federal debt ceiling is not raised, you may give the following response:
“Unlike a federal shutdown which has no impact on the payment of Social Security benefits, failure to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security benefits at risk.”
Direct all program–related and technical questions to your supervisor.
Oct 7, 2013
SSA Tells Staff That Benefit Payments Not Assured In Case Debt Ceiling Reached
An Emergency Message sent out by the Social Security Administration to its staff: