Nationwide Integrated Electronic Benefits Transfer
Applications Go Online
new systems will allow veterans quick, easy and secure access to
apply for compensation, pension, rehabilitation benefits and health
care. Later this year, VA plans to offer education applications
on the Internet.
Takes the High (Tech)
Road to Help Homeless Veterans
43-foot mobile medical/dental clinic and veterans benefits office
is traveling the roads of Florida, providing immediate assistance
to homeless veterans. Four cellular phone connections, two satellite
links, and two laptop computers connect counselors with the veterans'
records and medical histories. Video-conferencing equipment allows
VA physicians to interview patients directly from the mobile unit.
Cards Carry All
of us who use ATM and credit cards know how smart a little plastic
card with a magnetic stripe can be. But plastic cards are getting
smarter. A smart card contains an integrated circuit chip with a
microprocessor and memory. They are portable databases that government
workers can use to work better and faster. The General Services
Administration, in partnership with Navy, opened a Smart Card Technology
Center in Washington, DC, in September 1998. The Center demonstrates
one card storing everything from "cash" to fingerprints to medical
and dental records.
We're Looking for
are doing amazing things to deliver government services electronically.
Access America E-Gov E-Zine wants to tell these stories.
We are looking
for stories about federal agencies, or multi-agency partnerships,
that are developing a standard, nationwide system to deliver government
benefits electronically. Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) enables
government to deliver benefits through a single plastic card. In
the 21st Century, people who get these benefits can use the card
to get cash or a variety of services. For example, they can get
cash at an automated teller machine (ATM) and also use the card
to pay their rent, check their eligibility for a service (such as
Medicaid), or update personal information on a kiosk for the State
Department of Motor Vehicles. In just a few years, one card may
do a lot of things because federal agencies are working on it now.
EBT or EBT demonstrations or plans can be short, as in a "byte"
of about 150 words, or they can be longer feature stories. Write
feature stories in plain language with quotes from customers who
experience (or may experience) the service electronically and quotes
from federal employees and their partners who deliver the service.
contact person with phone number and email address. Send your stories
to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need more information, call Pat Wood, National Partnership
for Reinventing Government, (202) 694-0063. Please pass this request
along to others who may be interested