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Brave New World DaviD Matthew Hullum

Help with Federal Agencies

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As your United States Congressman, I am committed to helping the people of the Oklahoma. One of my main responsibilities is to assist Oklahomans with issues or problems they have with any federal government agency. If you have not been successful resolving your case, I have a trained staff that stands ready to assist you in working with the federal bureaucracy.

Provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 require me to have your written permission before making an inquiry on your behalf. Therefore, please fill out and print the privacy release form and return it via mail or fax to the field office closest to you or by fax to my Tulsa office at (918) 902-7966, along with a clear and concise letter explaining the nature of your problem.

In this letter, please be sure to include any relevant claim number from the agency involved in your case. In addition, please include any supporting documents or correspondence that may further explain the situation. Please send the completed form, your signed letter, and any supplemental information to the following address (DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS).

After you mail in your privacy release form and letter explaining your situation, my staff will respond to your problems with the federal government on a case-by-case basis. They work on my behalf to identify the problem and act as a liaison with the federal agencies.

Congressman David Matthew Hullum

c/o Help with Federal Agencies

P.O. Box 52141

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74152

Phone: (918) 902-7966

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State Government Issues

As your United States Congressman, I have no authority to intervene in matters involving a state agency. Some of these matters include food stamps, Medicaid, child support payments, and insurance regulation. If you have a problem involving a state agency, you should contact the Office of the Governor of Oklahoma at (405) 521-2342. Also, you may contact your state senator or state representative for assistance. Please go to http://www.oklegislature.gov/findmylegislature.aspx to locate your state elected officials. You may also go to https://www.ok.gov/ to find information on any state government agency.

Legal Matters

I also do not have jurisdiction in matters pertaining to civil or criminal cases. This includes family court matters such as child custody, child support, and divorce issues. Also, I cannot give legal advice or intervene in legal disputes, whether in civil court or criminal court. If you need legal assistance, please call the Oklahoma Bar Association at (405) 416-7000.

Additional Resources

For your convenient reference, I have provided the following federal government agency links. While my office welcomes your inquiries, these websites may provide answers and assistance in resolving your problem.

Federal Government Websites

Obtain a Passport

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If you are planning a trip abroad, be sure to allow plenty of time to process your passport - especially during the peak travel season of March through July. Passports can be processed either by mail or in person. The usual processing time is six weeks for regular service and two weeks for expedited service. A new passport is valid for 10 years for those ages 16 and up and five years for those 15 years old or younger.

Applying by Mail: If you have had a passport within the last 12 years (and you were at least 16 years old at the time), you may be eligible to apply by mail. Obtain a passport application (Form DSP-82) at a courthouse, post office, regional passport agency, or online at http://www.state.gov/. Mail the completed form in a padded envelope, along with your old passport, two new passport-size photographs, and a $55 fee to the following address:

National Passport Center

PO Box 371971

Pittsburgh, PA 15250-9971

Applying in Person: If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you do not qualify to apply by mail and must apply in person. Appear at a courthouse, selected post offices, or a passport agency and bring proof of your identity, proof of your citizenship (i.e., a certified copy of your birth certificate or a naturalization certificate), two recent passport photos and $85 for applicants 16 and over or $70 for applicants under age 16.

Emergency Assistance: Should you need help at any time while you are abroad, call Emergency Consular Services at (202) 647-5225 or (202) 647-0900.

Medicare/Health

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Medicare/Health: Description

Offering more than 60,000 grants a year assures the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the title of largest grant-making agency in the Federal government. With a budget of $502 billion in 2003, HHS provides such programs as Head Start (pre-school education), substance abuse treatments, immunization services and Medicare. Medicare is the largest health insurer in the nation, handling more than 900 millon claims a year. In addition to these services, HHS oversees the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HHS's website offers exercise and nutrition tips, flu vaccination information, and natural disaster procedures.

Medicare/Health: Requirements

1. Complete and sign the waiver of the Privacy Act.

2. Send the waiver, along with any relevant information, to our office.

Medicare/Health: FAQs

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1.Have any of your Medicare claims been denied?

2.Are you not listed on the Medicare rolls?

1. Have any of your Medicare claims been denied?My office may contact HHS on your behalf to determine why a doctor visit or treatment has been denied.

2. Are you not listed on the Medicare rolls?If your information can not be found after you have enrolled, we will be glad to contact HHS to determine your eligibility and to make sure you have Medicare coverage.

Overseas Travel

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Overseas Travel: Description

The State Department works hard to represent the United States by maintaining diplomatic relationships with other nations. It does this by hosting official visits, conveying U.S. foreign policy to other governments, and conducting negotiations. The State Department also works hard to aid the American people. It offers an extensive website aimed at assisting citizens while traveling abroad. Information about airline services, exchange rates and customs procedures is available, as is information about passport and visa requirements.

If you are planning a trip abroad, be sure to allow plenty of time to process your passport - especially during the peak travel season of March through July. Passports can be processed either by mail or in person. The usual processing time is six weeks for regular service and two weeks for expedited service. A new passport is valid for 10 years for those ages 16 and up and five years for those 15 years old or younger.

* Note: As of Jan. 23, 2007, U.S. citizens traveling by air between Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean nations, and Bermuda must present a valid passport. By June 1, 2009, the same will be required for all border crossings with the above countries. This change in travel document requirements is the result of recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, which Congress passed into law in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Overseas Travel: Requirements

1. For travel warnings, health considerations, and information about living abroad, please refer to the State Department website.

2. To resolve issues with your passport, please call the National Passport Information Line at 877-487-2778.

Overseas Travel: FAQs

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1.Is there an overseas emergency involving a friend or family member?

2.Has a friend or family member been denied a travel visa to the United States?

3.Have you had problems receiving your passport?

4.Are you in need of a passport application?

5.Do you need a passport immediately for an overseas emergency?

1. Is there an overseas emergency involving a friend or family member?If you, your friends or your family should need help while traveling abroad, call Emergency Consular Services at (202) 647-5225 or (202) 647-0900.

2. Has a friend or family member been denied a travel visa to the United States? In accordance with Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), to get a visa, applicants are required to show their intent to return home once their visa is expired. This process includes proving ownership of property in their native home as well as financial and family ties. Applicants failing to show this intent may be denied. This denial cannot be overturned by a member of Congress, but my office would be happy to make inquiries to the Department of State as to why the application was rejected.

3. Have you had problems receiving your passport? If you are checking the status of your application, you may contact the State Department on its toll-free number 1-877-487-2778. If you are not able to find the information you need, feel free to contact my office for further assistance.

4. Are you in need of a passport application?You can find passport applications at most local post offices or via the State Department website.

5. Do you need a passport immediately for an overseas emergency?The National Passport Center charges an additional $60 per application to expedite your request. In an emergency, our office would be glad to assist with this process.

Postal Service

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Postal Service: Description

The United States Postal Service is part of a $900 billion mailing industry that employs nine million people. It has an annual operating revenue of $68.8 billion that helps to deliver 202 billion pieces of mail a year, roughly 46% of the worlds' mail volume. In an effort to make delivery as simple as possible, the USPS offers a website complete with printable shipping labels, postage stamps, and locators to find the nearest Post Office.

Postal Service: Requirements

1. Complete and sign the waiver of the Privacy Act.

2. Send the waiver, along with any relevant information, to our office.

Postal Service: FAQs

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1.As a postal employee, have you experienced problems at work or requested a transfer?

2.Have you experienced difficulties receiving your mail?

1. As a postal employee, have you experienced problems at work or requested a transfer?While I cannot go against USPS guidelines or procedures, I would be glad to look into the matter further or notify the Postal Service of your complaint.

2. Have you experienced difficulties receiving your mail? My office may contact the Postal Service to determine the problem and to find a solution.

Social Security

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Social Security: Description

The Social Security Administration enforces economic security by managing America's Social Security programs. These programs include Medicare coverage, planning for retirement, receiving benefits from pension and learning about savings and investments. Social Security also offers assistance for those who have been affected by injury, disability, or the loss of a spouse.

Social Security: Requirements

1. Complete and sign the waiver of the Privacy Act.

2. Send the waiver, along with any relevant information, to our office.

Social Security: FAQs

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1.Are you waiting for a reply to your claim?

2.Was your application for disability benefits denied?

1. Are you waiting for a reply to your claim? I will be happy to make inquiries on your behalf as to the status of your claim, but unless there is an emergency, your case cannot be expedited. An emergency is defined as a terminal illness or an expected eviction from your home.

2. Was your application for disability benefits denied? It is important that you follow the proper appeals process if you disagree with a Social Security Administration's decision. Please closely review the SSA's fact sheet, "The Appeals Process" or call its toll-free number 1-800-772-1213. All requests for appeals should be sent to your local office; you can find the address of your local office at http://www.ssa.gov/locator/. After your appeal is filed, my office can work on your behalf with SSA to determine the status of your claim.

Taxes

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Taxes: Description

Americans have been paying income tax since 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln created this tax to help pay for the Civil War. Much has changed since then to make the Internal Revenue Service the organization it is today. The mission of the IRS is to serve the public by increasing the understanding of their tax responsibilities. They do this by offering nationwide assistance at their 400 offices. They also have a website that includes tax forms and information on both individual and business taxes.

Taxes: Requirements

1. Complete and sign the waiver of the Privacy Act.

2. Send the waiver, along with any relevant information, to our office.

Taxes: FAQs

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1.Do you need information on filing taxes?

2.Are you involved with legal proceedings against the IRS?

3.Are you experiencing problems with the IRS for unpaid taxes?

4.Do you have an unresolved dispute with the IRS?

1. Do you need information on filing taxes? All inquiries dealing with filing, tax law, etc., should be directed to www.irs.gov, a representative at a local IRS branch, or by calling their toll-free number 1-800-829-1040.

2. Are you involved with legal proceedings against the IRS? If the issue is being resolved through the court system, I am unable to interfere with those proceedings.

3. Are you experiencing problems with the IRS for unpaid taxes?Although you are experiencing an individual tax problem, this matter most likely stems from a view that you should not be required to pay individual income taxes. Please be advised that similar cases have been tried through our legal system, and the courts, including the United States Supreme Court, have upheld individual responsibility for the payment of taxes.

4. Do you have an unresolved dispute with the IRS? The IRS offers the Taxpayer Advocate Service as a means of assisting with your federal and income tax needs. If your issue remains unresolved after working with this service, you may contact my office to make inquiries on your behalf. Before doing so, you must complete and sign the privacy waiver.

Veterans

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Veterans: Description

Approximately 70 million people are eligible for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This includes the 25 million veterans that are currently alive (three-quarters of which served during a war or period of conflict), along with the surviving family members of war veterans. Benefits that are available include: vocational rehabilitation, assistance to veterans that are homeless, life insurance, VA home loans, and compensation and pension benefits.

Veterans: Requirements

1. Complete and sign the waiver of the Privacy Act.

2. Send the waiver, along with any relevant information, to our office.

Veterans: FAQs

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1.Are you trying to expedite the processing of your claim?

2.Are you trying to enroll a family member into a VA nursing home?

3.Do you have a claim pending with the VA?

4.Are you having trouble receiving medical treatment or prescription drugs?

5.Have you had trouble obtaining your service record?

1. Are you trying to expedite the processing of your claim? The VA, by law, is only able to process claims in the order in which they were received.

2. Are you trying to enroll a family member into a VA nursing home? Though the enrollment cannot be expedited, I will gladly inquire as to the status of your request.

3. Do you have a claim pending with the VA? My office will be glad to inquire on the status of your VA claim. You will need to complete the privacy waiver and include your claim number before proceeding.

4. Are you having trouble receiving medical treatment or prescription drugs?My office will be glad to inquire about the lack of treatment, but we cannot overturn the VA doctor's recommendation.

5. Have you had trouble obtaining your service record? Military service records are kept at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis Missouri. Some of these records were affected by a major fire in 1973. These include 80% of Army personnel discharged November 1, 1912 to January 1, 1960 and 75% of the records for Air Force personnel discharged September 25, 1947 to January 1, 1964. (This applies to names alphabetically listed after Hubbard.) There are no other copies of these destroyed records, which may make the obtaining process difficult. My office will be glad to assist in any way possible.

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