Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release February 23, 1999
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES SENIORS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW ONE-STOP
ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT SERVICES
DC -- Vice President Gore unveiled Access America for Seniors,
an Internet site providing a wide range of services to older
Americans -- an example of his vision of one-stop Internet access
to government services.
The new web site provides
information and services offered by virtually every major Federal
government agency, civilian and military. All are accessible
with a few clicks from the Access America for Seniors home page.
"This is an excellent example of our efforts to reinvent government
to provide services that the American people need and care about,"
Vice President Gore said.
"Through this new web site, seniors can change their address
with the Post Office, compare nursing homes, request Social
Security statements, get IRS tax forms and find a variety of
other government information."
The site is hosted by the Social Security Administration, whose
official web site, Social Security Online, has won numerous
awards as one of the best in the government. As part of today's
announcement, Social Security Commissioner Kenneth S. Apfel
unveiled two new Internet services that Social Security will
offer to the public.
Social Security benefit recipients can now request official
agency statements of their benefits through the Access America
web site, and receive them in the mail within ten days. For
example, Form SSA-1099, which is used by seniors and other Social
Security beneficiaries in preparing their Federal income tax
returns, will be available.
In addition, seniors can request an official letter verifying
how much they will receive in monthly benefits. This letter
is frequently used by some aged or disabled beneficiaries to
establish eligibility for state and local assistance programs.
"This is another example of Social Security using the web site
to provide better, faster service to our customers," Commissioner
Apfel said. "We're constantly seeking secure ways to use technology,
in this case, the Internet, to broaden the range of official
Social Security information and services available to the American
For more information, contact Kelly Paisley, National Partnership
for Reinventing Government, at (202) 694-0051.
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