Vérifications de sécurité sociale de papier n'est plus venu de mars

About 5 million social security paper checks are mailed each month - which represents more than 4.6 million $ in monthly costs, said officials from the Treasury Board.

In an effort to reduce expenditures, federal officials began his retirement check paper for direct and prepaid deposits "Direct Express" in May 2011 debit cards. Since then, the Department of the Treasury has required for all new recipients of federal payments benefits from programs - including the social security disability income of additional security, Veterans Affairs and government pension plans - to register to electronic payments. It set March 1, 2013, for all other beneficiaries to do the same.

Approximately 93% of payments are currently underway by electronic means. But about 5 million in checks are always sent by mail each month - which represents more than 4.6 million $ in monthly since costs each posted check costs 92 cents more than a transfer of direct deposit, Treasury Board officials said Tuesday. If he did not push for electronic transfer switch would cost taxpayers another $1 billion over the next 10 years, the Agency said.

So now the remaining press agency check recipients to beat the date limit on March 1. The Department has established a partnership with more than 1,800 local, regional and national banks, credit unions, social service agencies, community groups to get the word through messages, public service announcements and its web site.

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Any person who fails to make the change will still receive paper checks, but will be the target of more aggressive communication efforts, such as additional shipments, said Walt Henderson, an official of the Treasury Board.

"We interrupt their payment, but we will use to communicate with them more personally direct," said. "After March 1, they are not in compliance."

New York, Texas and California have the largest number of residents who have yet to convert electronic payments with more than 1 million people receiving a monthly social security and disability checks from November.

Electronic payments are more secure than paper checks, Henderson said. In 2011, more than 440 000 social security checks have been reported lost or stolen cheques with a value of 70 million while $ have been approved by fraudulently.

"It really is the best way to receive your payment," said Henderson.

Electronic payments still, come with their own problems of fraud.

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In September, Patrick O'carroll, inspector general of the Social Security Administration, told Congress that identity thieves redirected fraudulently seniors benefits for different bank accounts using social security numbers stolen.

To prevent fraud, responsible for recommend that seniors never provide personal information to unsolicited callers and always check with a local Administration of the social security Office if contacted by a person claiming to be administration employee. "The Government call you asking for information," said Henderson.

To report suspicious activity, please contact social security Fraud Hotline at 1 800 269-0271.

To register for benefits, beneficiaries can visit www.GoDirect.org, call a service hotline toll-free at 1-800-333-1795 or talk with the local representative of the Bank or Credit Union.

Recipients must have their social security or claim number, numeric check number 12 federal benefits and the amount of their most recent federal benefits check. Direct deposit, beneficiaries also will need their institution financial transit number, (often found on a personal cheque) account number and account type (checking or registration).To top of page

First published: 9 January 2013:5: 39 et