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Benefits.gov Has Helped 50 Million in U.S. Since Launch 10-Years Ago

Benefit Finder allows citizens to quickly find benefits they may be eligible to receive out of over 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs

April 18, 2012 - Over 50 million U.S. citizens – many of them senior citizens - have turned to Benefits.gov for life-altering government assistance information since its launch in 2002, according to a statement in the monthly eNewsletter, Compass, of the government website on its 10th anniversary.

 “Over the last decade, the Benefits.gov Program has increased citizen access to government benefit information, while reducing the cost of interacting with the government,” according to the statement..

 

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Benefits.gov's core function is the Benefit Finder, a dynamic eligibility prescreening tool which allows citizens to quickly find out what benefits they may be eligible to receive out of more than 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. It is a particularly helpful service for millions of senior citizens who live on exceptionally low incomes.

Upon answering a few questions about your current circumstances, the website will quickly provide a list of programs that you may be eligible for, as well as the program description and next steps to apply. (Try the Benefit Finder)

In recent years, Benefits.gov's powerful prescreening technology has been reused for multiple government websites, saving taxpayer dollars by eliminating an agency's need to replicate and maintain similar prescreening features. The Benefits.gov Program currently supports three other government websites - GovLoans.gov, BEST.SSA.gov, and DisasterAssistance.gov.

"On behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor, I have been proud to oversee the Benefits.gov Program and watch it evolve year after year, continuing its mission to more effectively serve citizens searching for Federal assistance. The more recent reuse of Benefits.gov technology to support similar prescreening services across government has only increased the return on investment for this innovative, citizen-serving initiative," said Edward Hugler, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at the U.S. Department of Labor,

"I am pleased to celebrate a decade of success with my colleagues from the Benefits.gov Program and the Benefits.gov Partnership, and look forward to the next ten years of innovative citizen service."

The program's success, the anniversary statement says, hinges upon the dedication of the Benefits.gov Partnership of 17 Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor serving as the Managing Partner. The other partners include the following U.S. Departments and offices:
   > Agriculture,
   > Commerce,
   > Education,
   > Energy,
   > Health and Human Services,
   > Housing and Urban Development,
   > Homeland Security,
   > Interior,
   > Justice, State,
   > Transportation,
   > Treasury and
   > Veterans Affairs;
   > Plus the Office of Personnel Management;
   > Small Business Administration and
   > Social Security Administration.

The Benefits.gov Program has received more than 20 industry awards in its history for innovations in citizen-serving technology and program management. For a complete list of the Program's awards, visit the Partners page.

"I'm honored to be leading Benefits.gov into its next decade of innovation and citizen service," said Al Sloane, Program Manager for Benefits.gov.

"This program, which provides such significant value to citizens and government alike, is a prime example of E-Government success and underscores the importance of shared services to government efficiency."

He encourages citizens to visit and explore Benefits.gov.

“You can also keep up with the latest benefit-related information by subscribing to updates, or by following Benefits.gov on Twitter at www.twitter.com/benefitsGOV and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/benefitsGOV. Visit us again soon for more details on the upcoming Benefits.gov YouTube account, which will provide self-help Benefits.gov tutorials!

“As true now as it was 10 years ago, it is a privilege to help you and your loved ones find the government benefits that are right for you.”

>> Click to Benefits.gov

>> Click to the April Compass Newsletter for Benefits.gov

>> Try the Benefit Finder

 

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