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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 4, 1998 Volume 34--Number 18 Pages 711-754 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Democratic National Committee dinner--717 Israel, 50th anniversary reception--720 New York, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in New York City--729 Olympic and Paralympic teams, reception--732 Radio address--711 ``Ragtime,'' premiere--716 Social Security and Medicare Trustees' report--725 Tobacco use among minority groups, Surgeon General's report--723 White House Correspondents' Association dinner--713 Communications to Congress Brazil-U.S. treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and documentation, message transmitting--728 Bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions, message transmitting convention combating--751 Chemical Weapons Convention, message--734 Narcotic traffickers of the Cali Cartel, message reporting--718 Communications to Congress--Continued Supplemental appropriations conference, letter on funding considerations--729 Communications to Federal Agencies Agency use of alternate means of dispute resolution and negotiated rulemaking, memorandum--749 Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, memorandum-- 725 Prison inmates inappropriately receiving Federal benefits, memorandum on prevention--712 Ukraine-U.S. cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, memorandum--728 Executive Orders Amendment to Executive Order No. 13038, Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters--748 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--725 News conference, April 30 (No. 157)--735 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Letters and Messages Armenian Remembrance Day, message--711 Proclamations Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--748 Law Day, U.S.A.--750 Loyalty Day--751 National Day of Prayer--734 Statements by the President Drug use by prison inmates--716 Statements by the President--Continued Patients' Bill of Rights, bipartisan support--733 Senate approval of NATO enlargement--748 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--754 Checklist of White House press releases--754 Digest of other White House announcements--752 Nominations submitted to the Senate--753 [[Page 711]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 711] Monday, May 4, 1998 Volume 34--Number 18 Pages 711-754 Week Ending Friday, May 1, 1998 Message on the Observance of Armenian Remembrance Day, 1998 April 24, 1998 This year, as in the past, we join with Armenian-Americans throughout the nation in commemorating one of the saddest chapters in the history of this century, the deportations and massacres of a million and a half Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the years 1915-1923. This painful event from the past also serves as a powerful lesson for the future: that man's inhumanity to man must not be tolerated, and that evil cannot conquer. The Armenian people have endured, surviving the ravages of two World Wars and seven decades of Soviet rule. Throughout the world, and especially in this country, Armenians have contributed to the material, intellectual and spiritual lives of their adopted homes. Today's Armenians are building a free and independent nation that stands as a living tribute to all those who died. The United States will continue working to preserve a free Armenia in a peaceful, stable and prosperous Caucasus region. In that spirit, I extend to all Armenians my best wishes on Remembrance Day in the fervent hope that those who died will never be forgotten. William J. Clinton Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. An original was not available for verification of the content of this message. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 711-712] Monday, May 4, 1998 Volume 34--Number 18 Pages 711-754 Week Ending Friday, May 1, 1998 The President's Radio Address April 25, 1998 Good morning. This morning I'd like to talk to you about one way we are working to restore Americans' faith in our National Government, in our efforts to shore up Social Security and other vital benefits by cracking down on fraud and abuse. For 60 years, Social Security has meant more than just an ID number on a tax form, even more than a monthly check in the mail. It has reflected our deepest values, the duties we owe to our parents, to each other, to our children and grandchildren, to those whom misfortune strikes, to those who deserve a decent old age, to our ideal of one America. That's why I was so disturbed some time ago to discover that many prisoners who are, by law, barred from receiving most of these Federal benefits, were actually collecting Social Security checks while locked up behind bars. Inmates were, in effect, under our law, getting away with fraud, primarily because it was so difficult to gather up-to-date information on criminals in our Nation's more than 3,500 jails. But thanks to an unprecedented Federal, State, and local cooperation, as well as new, innovative incentive programs, we're now finishing the job. The Social Security Administration has produced a continually updated database that now covers more than 99 percent of all prisoners, the most comprehensive list of our inmate population in history. And more important, the Social Security Administration is using the list to great effect. By the end of last year we had suspended benefits to more than 70,000 prisoners. That means that over the next 5 years we will save taxpayers $2.5 billion--that's $2.5 billion--that will go toward serving our hard-working families. Now we're going to build on the Social Security Administration's success in saving taxpayers from inmate fraud. In just a few moments I will sign an executive memorandum that directs the Departments of Labor, Veterans Affairs, Justice, Education, and Agriculture to use the Social Security Administration's expertise and high-tech tools to enhance their own efforts to weed out any inmate who is receiving veteran's benefits, food [[Page 712]] stamps, or any other form of Federal benefit denied by law. We expect that these comprehensive sweeps by our agencies will save taxpayers millions upon millions of more dollars, in addition to the billions already saved from our crackdown on Social Security fraud. We will ensure that those who have committed crimes against society will not have an opportunity to commit crimes against taxpayers as well. The American people have a right to expect that their National Government is always on guard against every type of waste, fraud, and abuse. It is our duty to use every power and every tool to eliminate that kind of fraud. We owe it to the American people to ensure that their Social Security contributions and other tax dollars are benefiting only those who worked hard, played by the rules, and are, by law, eligible to receive them. That's exactly what we're trying to do. Thanks for listening. Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the White House. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 712-713] Monday, May 4, 1998 Volume 34--Number 18 Pages 711-754 Week Ending Friday, May 1, 1998 Memorandum on Prevention of Prison Inmates Inappropriately Receiving Federal Benefits April 25, 1998 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies Subject: Use of the Social Security Administration's Prisoner Database to Prevent Prison Inmates from Inappropriately Receiving Federal Benefits The Social Security Administration (``SSA'') is required by law to suspend Old Age and Survivors and Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits to certain persons who are incarcerated. To
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