SSA Rolls Out Retire Online Campaign

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue and Patty Duke yesterday unveiled Social Security's new online retirement application and launched the agency's Retire Online campaign.

Featuring cousins Patty and Cathy Lane from the hit 1960’s sitcom, The Patty Duke Show, the campaign has been developed to “let Americans know that it’s now easier than ever to retire online.”

“Social Security’s new online retirement application can be completed in as little as 15 minutes from the comfort of your home or office,” Astrue said. “Filing online means there’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. I’m thrilled that Patty Duke has volunteered to help us promote retiring online.”

“Like millions of other Baby Boomers, I like to spend time with my grandchildren, travel or just relax with a good book. And I love the convenience of doing things online,” Duke said. “Social Security has made applying for retirement benefits online easier than ever before.”

To apply, go to and click on “Applying Online for Retirement Benefits.”

To see a demonstration of Social Security’s online retirement application and to view the new public service announcements featuring Patty Duke as cousins Patty and Cathy Lane, go to