A Department of the Treasury rule with a fast approaching deadline requires most Federal benefit payments be made electronically instead of by paper check. With a few exceptions, this March 1, 2013 mandate includes Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), ....... and other non-tax payments.
People still getting paper checks have the option of direct deposit to a financial institution account of their choice or Treasury's Direct Express® debit card program. Learn more about the advantages of receiving benefits electronically, and sign-up today at www.godirect.org. updated 10/19/12
Disaster planning: Additionally, as people prepare for the threat of a natural disaster, which could disrupt mail delivery and force people to evacuate, they should sign up for Direct Deposit of their payments from Social Security. With Direct Deposit, the payment will be in their account on time no matter what happens, and immediately available for use from anywhere.