Treasury Under Secretary John D. Hawke Jr. on Monday rejected congressional calls to delay a rule requiring the government to pay most benefits electronically as of Jan. 1, 1999.

"We will be able to meet the Jan. 1 deadline for recipients who are able to use their own bank accounts to receive their payments, and ... we can do so without compromising any of their interests," Mr. Hawke wrote in a letter to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Alfonse M. D'Amato.

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