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Federal Benefits Checks are Going Electronic

Federal Benefits Checks are Going ElectronicWashington DC – If you receive your federal benefits by paper check, you’ll need to switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013.

The federal benefits affected are:

    Social Security
    Supplemental Security Income
    Veterans Affairs
    Railroad Retirement Board
    Office of Personnel Management
    Department of Labor (Black Lung)

You have two options for receiving benefits electronically:
1. Direct Deposit: The U.S. Treasury deposits your benefits directly into your bank account. You can sign up for direct deposit in one of these ways:

    Enroll online.
    Visit your bank or credit union.
    Call (800) 333-1795 (Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm ET).
    Contact the local office of the agency providing your federal benefits.
    Enroll by mail.

2. Prepaid Debit Card: The U.S. Treasury deposits your benefits directly to a debit card. This is an option if you don’t have a bank account and do not want to open one. You can request a debit card by calling (800) 333-1795 (Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm ET).

If you have questions, call the Go Direct Helpline at (800) 333-1795.

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