How Can I Help?

Having problems with a federal agency? My office can help.

Congressman Blumenauer’s office works to advocate for his constituents when they are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies.  Government procedures can be confusing and, in the age of automated answering systems, often frustrating. Caseworkers are trained to assist constituents by cutting through a myriad of departments and phone numbers. They can direct people to the appropriate office, provide them with necessary instructions, phone numbers or materials, and/or find out the status of an application.

Constituents will sometimes request that the Congressman "expedite" their applications for services or benefits. While a caseworker is available to obtain information regarding the status of a constituent's application or claim, this office has no authority to move one person's application ahead of others who are also waiting. However, if an emergency situation develops, a caseworker will communicate the circumstances to the agency and request that the agency take the appropriate actions.

Occasionally, a constituent will request that the Congressman use his influence to overturn a decision made by a federal agency. A caseworker is happy to assist constituents by forwarding information to the appropriate sources for consideration during the adjudication process. A Congressional office, however, does not have the authority to instruct a federal agency to approve or deny an application.

There are limitations to the types of case work that our office can assist you with. Members of Congress cannot intervene in criminal and civil legal cases because of the separation of the judicial and legislative branches of government. Likewise, Members of Congress have no authority over cases that involve Oregon state agencies.Agencies that we regularly assist people with include Department of State, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Veterans Administration, Medicare/Medicaid, and Department of Education. 
 

How do I get help from a caseworker? 

 
The first step in order for us to provide you with assistance, you will need to fill out a Privacy Release Form. The purpose of this form is to allow our office to contact an agency on your behalf and for them to know that you consented to them sharing information with our office about your case. This form needs to be printed and hand signed  in order for it to be accepted.  There are some specific cases where we will need additional information or a different Privacy Release Form and a caseworker will follow up with you concerning your case.
 
You can submit the completed Privacy Release Form by faxing it to 503-230-5413, or sending it to us in the mail to Congressman Blumenauer 911 NE 11th Ave Suite 200, Portland OR 97214. Once we receive the Privacy Release Form, the appropriate caseworker will follow up with you and get your case started.
 
Below are a few of the agencies and resources available. The office can also help with issues relating to the Post Office, the Office of Personnel Management, and other agencies.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer talking to a group of people

Please submit your casework inquiry here.

Casework Areas

Business

Food and Utilities Assistance

Housing and Renting Services

Seniors, Social Security, and People with Disabilites

Students and Education

Taxes and Finance

Travel and Immigration

Veterans and Active Military

 

Privacy Release Forms

Download Privacy Release form in Word format

Download Privacy Release form in PDF format

 

The Privacy Act of 1974 requires Congressional offices to obtain written permission from an individual before an agency can release any case-specific information. This form can be sent or faxed to our office, and should be addressed to the appropriate case-worker.