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
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..
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 -
"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 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
"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."