President BidenJoe BidenSenate Confirms Rahm Emanuel Will Be Ambassador to Japan New York Governor Plans to Add Reminder to Definition of “Fully Vaccinated” Photos of the Week: Tornado Aftermath, Medal of Honor and Burgeoning Superhero MORE signs an executive order on Monday aimed at cutting red tape around government services to the public such as passport renewals, loan applications or name changes.
The order, which Biden will sign on camera Monday afternoon, affects 36 “customer experience improvement commitments” across 17 federal agencies. The order targets various government departments dealing with travel, retirement, business, health and updating personal information, according to a White House statement. fact sheet.
For example, the ordinance will require a streamlined enrollment experience for retirees who wish to enroll in Social Security, and it will make it easier for retirees to apply for benefits online.
Taxpayers will receive new online tools to make filing easier, and filers will have the option to schedule customer service reminders instead of waiting on hold.
The order will require Americans to be able to renew their passports online rather than dealing with printed forms, and it will aim to streamline the process for travelers with urgent questions for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The ordinance will also seek to ease the bureaucracy around student and business loans.
The ordinance will create a single portal for the millions of people with student loan debt, and small business owners will have a more streamlined process for working with the Small Business Administration on loans, grants, and certifications.
Survivors of natural disasters will also no longer be required to fill out forms with multiple agencies when requesting help, according to a White House fact sheet, and they will be able to drop smartphone photos and use virtual inspections. when filing complaints.
The latest change could be critical as natural disasters become increasingly devastating, as evidenced by the tornadoes that swept through Kentucky over the weekend, killing dozens and destroying communities.
Biden will sign the decree in the Oval Office, and he will be joined by several administration officials whose agencies are targeted by the decree – including the Education Secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaBiden to sign ordinance to streamline government services to the public Democrats fear their grip on Hispanic voting will loosen School staff shortages can’t wait: Biden administration takes action MORE, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Deanne Criswell, Head of the Small Business Administration Isabelle GuzmanIsabel GuzmanBiden to sign ordinance to streamline government services to the public Democrats fear their grip on Hispanic voting will release Dems’ punch over candidate Biden’s GOP blockade SBA PLUS and TSA administrator David Pekoske.
Neera TandenNeera TandenBiden to sign order to streamline government services to the public Politics and media respond to Wallace news Biden chief of staff to leave White House for UNICEF MORE, a senior adviser to the president, said officials were looking for “the biggest sticking points” for Americans using government services to determine which areas to focus on. The upgrades will be done using existing resources and funding, she said.
“A lot of what’s going on with the public is that they really aren’t aware of what services their federal government has available to them,” Tanden said on a call with reporters. “And that’s a key part of this decree, is that you can go through a door and that door will tell you what other services can help you and what your needs are.”
Democratic lawmakers applauded Biden’s plans for executive order, suggesting it could help restore confidence in government at a time when Biden and other lawmakers have seen trust in institutions erode.
“With confidence in government at an all-time low, it is crucial that the administration and Congress work together to improve the way the public interacts and receives services from the federal government,” said the representative. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyBiden to sign ordinance to streamline government services to the public Proposed Virginia maps endanger House Democrats from rising stars House Democrats miss opportunity to help McAuliffe MORE (D-Va.), Head of the House government operations oversight subcommittee, said in a statement.
“Government services should be people-centered and minimize complexity, administrative burden and costs,” he added.
Updated at 11:28 a.m.