Social Security Announces New
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is phasing in a new E-Government
initiative that will make it easier and quicker for people to apply
for Social Security benefits. The project, called eVital, will provide
immediate online verification of birth and death information. SSAís
new initiative is part of the Presidentís Management Agenda and
the Office of Management and Budgetís (OMBís) Quicksilver E-Government
"The eVital initiative has tremendous potential to help us improve
the service we provide to the American people," said James B. Lockhart
III, the Deputy Commissioner of Social Security. "We want to use
the latest and most innovative technology to make it easier for
the public to access Social Securityís services, while at the same
time saving taxpayer dollars."
"eVital will save time, energy and money as it makes the required
government interactions faster, more secure and efficient for the
citizen. Thatís what E-Government is all about," said Mark Forman,
OMBís Associate Director for Information Technology and E-Government.
The project, starting in Colorado and scheduled to expand to seven
additional states in the coming weeks, will allow SSA employees
to verify state birth and death information online, which will enable
SSA to process benefit applications and Social Security card requests
faster and at lower costs. Additionally, eVitalís direct government-to-government
transaction will help reduce fraud.
Currently, the public must provide birth and/or death information
in order to receive benefits or a Social Security Number from SSA.
If a person does not have the appropriate document, then he or she
has to obtain a copy from a state bureau of vital statistics. In
some situations, SSA may contact the vital statistics agency directly
for a record. In both cases there is usually a fee for the record
and a delay in obtaining the copy. This new E-Government project
will reduce the cost and time it takes to verify birth and death
The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information
Systems (NAPHSIS) is the liaison between SSA and state vital statistics
agencies. Designated SSA employees use a single interface in a standardized
format to generate a request to any participating vital statistics
agency in the country. NAPHSIS has built a "hub" to filter the requests
and responses to and from SSA.
NAPHSIS is an association with members who are responsible for
the vital statistics agencies in every state and in other jurisdictions
throughout the United States and its territories. Please visit www.naphsis.org
for more information.
for more information about the Presidentís Management Agenda.
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