Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Business
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Social Security field offices to continue issuing statements that verify benefits, income

WASHINGTON - Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.

People sometimes need the information quickly to verify their income when applying for a loan or other government benefits, such as housing assistance.

The field offices were scheduled to stop issuing the statements in October as part of Social Security's efforts to provide more services online. But acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin said Thursday the agency recognizes that some people require help in person.

"We appreciate the feedback from members of Congress, our community stakeholders and agency partners," Colvin said in a statement. "We want to ensure that we meet the needs of our customers in a way that is convenient for them and also cost-effective and secure for all."

A recent congressional report said 5 million people a year visit Social Security offices to obtain the statements.

The report said Social Security has closed 64 field offices since 2010. The agency still operates 1,245 offices.

"I'm glad the Social Security Administration has listened to our seniors' concerns," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., chairman of the Senate aging committee. "As the agency pushes more people online to conduct their business, we need to make sure our most vulnerable citizens are not being left high and dry."

Colvin took over as acting commissioner in February 2013. In June, President Barack Obama nominated her to full term.

She would serve into the next administration if she is confirmed by the Senate and completes the six-year term.

___

Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: http://twitter.com/stephenatap

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Sudden Surge: Flood of 2014
Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media

Canadian Mortgage Rates