Help People Switch to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments

Aug 24, 2012

The Countdown Is On: Help People Switch Now to Electronic Federal Benefit Payments  

Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service

Everyone who receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income or other federal benefit payments by paper check is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013. This move will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next 10 years, while ensuring all federal benefit recipients receive their money in the safest, most reliable way possible. 

Help to ensure the people you serve know about this new requirement and help them make the switch to one of the two Treasury-recommended electronic payment options: direct deposit to a checking or savings account or the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card.

It’s fast, easy and free for people to make the switch online at or by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Solution Center at (800) 333-1795. For direct deposit, people can also sign up at their bank or credit union.

Help people take action and switch to electronic payments before time runs out. The Treasury Department’s Go Direct campaign offers free materials and ideas to help you share this important message. Get involved today.

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