It’s one of the original “E-government” initiatives, and it has now reached its “Sweet 16” milestone. We’re talking about the website Benefits.gov, the “official benefits website of the U.S. government” launched in 2002 with a mission “to increase citizen access to benefit information, while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government.”
This may sound like a lofty goal, especially given the website’s design calling for cross-agency collaboration with 16 of the federal government’s largest information repositories, from Housing and Urban Development to Social Security Administration. But it seems to be working, since a new high watermark for site visitors was reached earlier this year…1.4 site users in a single month. The initiative has also garnered numerous awards through the years for excellence—almost four dozen major commendations—in “providing citizens in need with easy, online access to government benefit information.”
So, if you’re looking for guidance on healthcare, retirement, education, housing, or an extensive list of support services available to the general public, Benefits.gov would be a good place to start your search. Learn more about this valuable service by checking out their website, and then search to your heart’s content!