Help with a Federal Agency

A number of resources are listed below to help ensure that federal government agencies are responsive to the needs of Connecticut residents. The Office of Senator Blumenthal can often help you answer questions, find resources, or resolve problems. Please use the information on this website to determine whether yours is an issue with which we can help, or to find answers to frequently-asked questions on web sites for relevant federal agencies.

How We Can Help You

If you are a resident of Connecticut and you need help with a federal agency, we will be happy to work with you.

Federal agencies include departments within the President's Cabinet, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and independent agencies, like the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Postal Service.

Here is a list of offices within the federal Executive Branch.

Please Note: Although we can give you general advice and information, the federal Privacy Act requires our office to have your written permission before we contact government agencies on your behalf or discuss your case in detail. After you've called or e-mailed us, please also download, fill out, and mail the Privacy Act Release form. If you are contacting us for assistance with a mortgage-related problem, please use the Housing Privacy Act Release form instead.

The form asks for:

  • All appropriate contact information, including a daytime phone number and e-mail address in case we need to reach you with follow-up questions about your case;
  • Any relevant identification or tracking numbers you have been assigned, such as your Social Security number or case number; and,
  • As much information about your question or concern as possible, including any correspondence you've previously had with the agency.

Please also enclose copies of any paperwork you have received to date.

Once your form is filled out and signed (the law requires your original signature), please mail it to the Hartford office at:

Office of Senator Richard Blumenthal
Attn: Casework 
90 State House Square, 10th Floor
Hartford, CT, 06103

We will then open a case file and keep you informed of our progress.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Below are links to various federal agencies like the Social Security Administration, and the Veterans Administration. While we are here to assist you, you may find these websites useful to find information about your issue or even answer your question.

Veterans: The Department of Veterans Affairs web site offers answers to questions about health care eligibility and enrollment, including information about benefits and costs.

Click here for information regarding the state of CT Veterans support information for PTSD.

Citizen Service Before Self Honors
Fact Sheet & Process, Criteria, & Timeline 

Social Security: The Social Security Administration (SSA) web site includes information on benefits, disability, and taxes.

Immigration and Visas: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website will provide answers to questions about bringing a spouse, fiancé, or child to live in the United States, becoming a lawful permanent resident, or checking the status of an application with USCIS.

Passports and Overseas Travel: The State Department provides information for U.S. citizens obtaining a passport and traveling abroad.

Taxes: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web site includes information on preparing and filing your tax returns, the Earned Income Tax Credit, local assistance with personal tax issues, and other frequently-asked questions.

Medicare and Medicaid: or has information about Medicare Prescription Drug plans, including bridging the Part D coverage gapMedicare eligibility, and basic information about how to file a claim.

Student Loans: features helpful information about applying for and paying for federal student loans, including what to do if you're having difficulty paying off loans, need information on discharging or cancelling loans, consolidating loans, or loan eligibility. More student loan resources available to Connecticut residents can be found at the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation.

Click here for a guide to financial aid resources for students and parents: Funding Your Educational Future

Mortgage Assistance:For Connecticut citizens seeking mortgage assistance, click here.

If you need legal help or have a question about pending litigation, our office cannot intervene. The separation of powers between the legislative branch (Congress) and the judicial branch, where legal issues are decided prohibits our office from intervening. This includes questions about criminal trials or imprisonment, deportation proceedings, child custody issues, and civil lawsuits.

If you need legal advice, you may wish to visit the Connecticut Bar Association's lawyer referral service or contact Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut.