WASHINGTON (3/6/13)--The U.S. Treasury's Go Direct program on Tuesday said goodbye to the Credit Union National Association and all other Go Direct partners.
The Go Direct program was founded in 2005 to promote direct deposit of federal benefits checks ahead of March 1, 2013. All federal benefit payments have been made electronically since that date.
Using electronic delivery, the Go Direct campaign underscored, reduces the risk of identity theft and helps reduce stolen checks and forgeries, as well as decreases the cost to the government of dispersing the benefits.
Go Direct in a final release said efforts to promote direct deposit of federal benefits have resulted in more than 15 million payments now being made electronically. "You have helped to steer millions of people toward safer electronic payments. At the same time, you've saved taxpayers millions of dollars," the Go Direct release said.
CUNA has been a Go Direct partner since 2005, when the program began.
The Go Direct program will remain active for the time being to help enforce compliance. Godirect.org will also remain active, and a list of frequently asked questions and a toolkit to help interested parties access information on the benefits of direct deposit will remain on that site.
For the full Go Direct website, use the resource link.