Benefits.gov Turns 15

Benefits.gov is proudly celebrating 15 years of citizen service! In April 2002, the Benefits.gov Program was launched by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), creating the official benefits website for the U.S. Federal Government. The Program strives to help all citizens in need by providing easy, online access to government benefit information, and our goal is to set a new standard for service and reliability each year.

Prior to Benefits.gov, citizens looking for government benefit information had to search through a complicated maze of web pages, across many different agencies, often unsuccessfully. There was no easy-to-use, centralized source of benefit information to help citizens understand which benefit programs they may be eligible for, or how to apply. Fifteen years later, millions of citizens have easy, online access to information from across 17 Federal agencies on Benefits.gov.

Today, Benefits.gov houses information on over 1,200 government benefit programs, from a multi-agency Partnership with the ability to search in 20 categories. The Program has served over 90 million U.S. citizens, and looks forward to continuing our service to YOU! Since inception, the Program has effectively responded to three presidentially declared disasters, providing millions of citizens with disaster information when they needed it most.

We encourage you to visit Benefits.gov and use the Benefit Finder, a free and simple prescreening questionnaire to help determine which benefits you may be eligible to receive. Benefits.gov also offers timely and relevant news articles, a quarterly Compass eNewsletter, and information on benefit programs ranging from disaster relief to tax assistance. We are proud to share this important information with over 90 million citizens through our website, and 28,000 thousand citizens across our Twitter and Facebook platforms.

Thank you for your support over the last 15 years, which has helped this Program win over 30 awards, highlighting our team’s commitment to providing citizens in need with easy, online access to government benefit information. Please continue to provide feedback on our news articles and benefit information. Benefits.gov looks forward to serving millions more for years to come!