The White House announced on Monday that President Joe Biden will sign an executive order directing a streamlining of public services across 17 federal agencies to make them more user friendly.
The executive order is meant to build accountability and transparency in the agencies to spur more efficiency in actions like applying for small business loans, filing taxes and getting a passport.
“We have to prove democracy still works, that our government still works and can deliver for our people,” Biden said in a statement.
Some updates will focus on technology. For example, Medicare recipients will receive personalized online tools so they can save money on drugs, manage their healthcare, access expanded customer support options and streamline enrollment with the Social Security Administration.
Biden’s order aims to streamline processes across various agencies, such as the Transportation Security Administration. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
The order will allow Americans to renew passports online and introduce new technologies at airports to speed up cumbersome security at airports.
“Whether searching for vaccine safety information, claiming retirement benefits, receiving health insurance, passing through a security checkpoint, or checking the status of a farm loan application, Americans expect government services to be responsive to their needs,” the White House said in a statement.
“Too often, people have to navigate a tangled web of government websites, offices and phone numbers to access the services they depend on. The Biden-Harris administration is committed to ensuring an effective, equitable and accountable government that meets the needs of its people.”
The order will also allow those connected with the food stamp program to shop for groceries online and open rules to increase telehealth in rural areas, which increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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