SSA extends service for online benefits applicants

SSA extends service for online benefits applicants

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff


MAY 21—The Social Security Administration has expanded its online retirement benefits application [GCN, March 19, Page 1].

Individuals who are eligible for personal as well as spousal benefits can now file for both on a single application at www.ssa.gov/applytoretire, said Jim Carey, team leader for program benefits in the Office of Disability and Income Security Programs.

Identifiers such as name, date of birth and Social Security number are verified against SSA databases, said Terry Powers, computer specialist at the Office of Systems Electronic Services.

If they match, the user gets a single confirmation number, completes the data input, and then prints, signs and mails a paper application to the designated SSA office along with any requested eligibility proofs.

Secure Sockets Layer encryption protects the data during transmission from the user's computer to the SSA server, he said.

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