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July 17, 2014

Re:  Social Security Extends Access to Benefit Verification - Multiple Options Available

Dear Mayor:

Think www.socialsecurity.gov first!!!

Today, the Social Security Administration announced that local Social Security offices would continue to provide benefit verification letters until further notice. Providing services when and where the public needs them remains central to Social Security's efforts, while continuing to encourage federal, state, and local agencies to take advantage of Social Security's data exchange programs that can serve customers more efficiently and effectively.

"We appreciate the feedback from members of Congress, our community stakeholders and agency partners. We want to ensure that we meet the needs of our customers in a way that is convenient for them and also cost-effective and secure for all," Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin stated. "I believe that government agencies can work closer together to assist our mutual customers."

Over the last few years, Social Security has invested in technology that allows most government agencies and many other organizations to verify their clients' Social Security benefits electronically without requiring them to visit a local Social Security office.

"We recognize that some members of the public may require in-person assistance and we will have a presence in local communities," said Acting Commissioner Colvin. "We also want to ensure that the public is aware that they can access many of our services without making a trip to a local field office."

Members of the public with Internet access can obtain benefit verification information by creating a my Social Security account at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount

At each stage of your life, my Social Security http://www.ssa.gov/signin is for you. Your personal online my Social Security account is a valuable source of information beginning in your working years and continuing throughout the time you receive Social Security benefits.

If you receive Social Security benefits or have Medicare, you can use http://www.ssa.gov/signin online account to:

  *   Get your benefit verification letter http://www.ssa.gov/hlp/mySSA/df-beve.htm;
  *   Check your benefit and payment information and your earnings record;
  *   Change your address http://www.ssa.gov/hlp/mySSA/df-changeaddress.htm and phone
number; and
  *   Start or change direct deposit http://www.ssa.gov/hlp/mySSA/df-directdeposit.htm of your
benefit payment.

If you do not receive benefits, you can use a my Social Security http://www.ssa.gov/signin online account to:

* Get your Social Security Statement http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to
review:
* Estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits;
* Your earnings record; and
* The estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you've paid.

Get a benefit verification letter http://www.ssa.gov/hlp/mySSA/df-beve.htm stating that:
* You never received Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicare;
or
* You received benefits in the past, but do not currently receive them (The letter will include the
date your benefits stopped and how much you received that year.); or
* You applied for benefits but haven't received an answer yet.

How do I create a my Social Security http://www.ssa.gov/signin Online account?
To create an account, you must provide some personal information about yourself and give us answers to some questions that only you are likely to know. Next, you create a username and password that you will use to access your online account. This process protects you and keeps your personal Social Security information private.

For more information, please go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount

CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE SERVICES: WWW.SOCIALSECURITY.GOV. From applying for disability, retirement, Medicare or spouses benefits, to obtaining a proof of income letter, changing an address or phone number, getting a replacement Medicare card or a Social Security Benefit Statement, Social Security's website can save you and your clients a lot of time.
Think www.socialsecurity.gov www.socialsecurity.gov first!!!
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol/

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



 

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