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Social Security Administration curtails mailing annual statements

Even in the age of so-called e-government, there are few instances when government information is truly personalized and even fewer when the government takes the initiative to make sure that information reaches individuals. In most cases, one has to know information might exist and go hunting for it. One notable exception to this is the annual statements that the Social Security Administration mails to Americans saying how much their monthly Social Security check will be when they retire. But now, according to a statement on its website, SSA will be sending Social Security Statements only to workers age 60 and older.

As Michael Hiltzik points out, this will mean less information to Americans and that will, in turn, benefit “unscrupulous investment brokers, annuities hawkers and their friends in Congress as they tried to peddle retirement deals.” They love to tell us that we can’t count on Social Security and the annual mailings have, for more than a decade, served as “a powerful rebuttal” to that mantra for some 150 million Americans once a year.

Social Security Administration Releases New iPhone App With Baby Name Info

You just never know when and when and where U.S. baby name info might be needed.

Now, iOS users who need the info can access SSA material using a new app.

In the past couple of days the Social Security Administration has introduced a new iPhone app (it should also work on iPad and iTouch devices) that provides access to 130 years of SSA info that you can browse or search.

A “surprise me” button is available and you can also shake the iOS device to get info about a random name.

According to the iTunes App Store here’s what the the free app includes:

+ “Browse or search over 130 years of baby name data — over 45,000 unique names!”

+ “Save your own favorite names list and share them on Facebook, Twitter, or via an email.”

+ “View baby name popularity trends”

+ “A Trivia game to test your baby name knowledge”

+ “View government-approved baby and family related services and information”

Direct to App Store:

-Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy
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