Federal Benefits and Social Security
Items of Interest
Social Security & Other Federal Benefits:
Mission: The Federal Benefits Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and Naples assists in obtaining information from the following federal agencies:
Social Security removed the requirement to use a cell phone to access or create a https://www.ssa.gov/
myaccount/. While it’s not mandatory, we encourage those of you who have a text capable cell phone to take advantage of this optional extra security. We continue to pursue more options beyond cell phone texting.
On July 30, 2016, Social Security began requiring new and current my Social SecurityImproving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions. account holders to sign into their account using a one-time code sent via text message. This second layer of security that requires more than a username and a password is known as “multifactor authentication.” Although we have always provided the “extra security” option to account holders, we implemented this new process to comply with the President’s Executive Order on
We have a fundamental responsibility to protect the public’s personal information. However, multifactor authentication inconvenienced or restricted access to some of our account holders. We’re listening to the public’s concerns and are responding by temporarily rolling back this mandate.
As before July 30, current account holders will be able to access their secure account using only their username and password. We highly recommend the extra security text message option, but it will not be required. Now, we are developing an alternative authentication option, besides text messaging, that we will implement within the next six months.
We strive to balance security and customer service options, and we want to ensure that our online services are both easy to use and secure. The best way to secure your information is to create a my Social Security account. If a person already has an account, a fraudulent attempt to create an account would be unsuccessful. The my Social Security service has always featured a robust verification and authentication process, and it remains safe and secure.
We regret any inconvenience you may have experienced. Open or access your personal my Social Security account today by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/
Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA)
You can find details about the latest COLA at www.socialsecurity.gov/cola
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
Under the FATCA act, effective June 30 2014 all foreign financial institutions will be required to adhere and comply with this agreement, which will allow disclosure of financial information to the U.S. Treasury and ensure that there is no gap in the ability of the U.S. government to determine the ownership of U.S. assets in foreign accounts. FFI (foreign financial institutions) will request that a U.S. citizen who opens or holds a bank account must certify their acknowledgement to the FATCA act and allow identification by supplying a TIN (taxpayer identification number) / Social Security Number.If you wish to read more about the FATCA act, you can visit www.irs.gov/Businesses/