Economic Recovery Payments
To make one-time payments to eligible beneficiaries of Railroad Retirement benefits, most of whom subsist on a fixed income, in order to assist with living expenses and contribute to the nation’s economic recovery.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 09/09/2014 (Archived.)
Agency: Railroad Retirement Board
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5; Railroad Retirement Act of 1974, as amended, Public Law 93-445, 45 U.S.C. 231 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans)-Income Security/Social Service/Welfare.
Individual/Family,Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans).
In order to receive the one-time payment, an individual must have been entitled to the underlying Railroad Retirement benefit during November 2008, December 2008, or January 2009. Proof of age must be provided for retirement benefits. For spouse and survivor benefits, proof of marriage and familial relationship is required. Medical evidence is necessary for disability benefits. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. No application is necessary for the one-time payment. The Railroad Retirement Board will certify the individuals entitled to the one-time payment and provide the Department of the Treasury with the information needed for disbursement. Application for the underlying Railroad Retirement benefits can be made at any office of the Railroad Retirement Board. Individuals can call 1-877-772-5772 for the location of the nearest office.
The Department of the Treasury will make the payments to individuals certified as eligible by the Railroad Retirement Board.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Individuals who did not receive the payment because recurring benefits were suspended for a reason other than death receive payments as part of periodic catch-up processing runs.
Individuals who are eligible for a one-time payment but have not received it should contact the Railroad Retirement Board at 1-877-772-5772. In terms of eligibility determinations for the underlying Railroad Retirement benefits, initial appeals are made to the agency’s Reconsideration Section, with subsequent appeals to the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals, the Board and the U.S. Court of Appeals.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
A one-time payment of $250 will be paid to eligible recipients of benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act. There are no restrictions on the use of the payment. If an individual has a representative payee acting in a fiduciary capacity, that payee is required to use the payment for the benefit of that individual. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also authorized such payments for certain recipients of Social Security and Veterans benefits, but an individual may not receive more than one $250 payment. The amount of the payment may be offset by the Department of the Treasury to collect delinquent child support and debts owed to State and Federal agencies.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not Applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. The Railroad Retirement Board has 53 local offices around the country. To contact or obtain the address for the nearest office, call 1-877-772-5772.
Railroad Retirement Board, 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611-2092 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (312) 751-4777.
60-0115-0-1-601 - Economic Recovery Payments.
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Eligible Railroad Retirement beneficiaries will each receive a one-time payment of $250.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 200 through 295, covers benefits paid under the Railroad Retirement Act. Information on Railroad Retirement benefits and the one-time payment is also available in press releases, similar documents and various publications. They can be obtained free of charge at any Railroad Retirement Board office and on the agency web site (www.rrb.gov). Information on the one-time payment is also available at the Recovery Act web site (www.recovery.gov).
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