Banks that sign contracts with the government to provide electronic accounts to federal benefits recipients will have to offer four free monthly withdrawals, a top Treasury Department official said Monday.

Speaking alongside Senate Banking Committee Chairman Alfonse M. D'Amato at a news conference, Treasury Under Secretary John D. Hawke Jr. also said recipients will be given the option of withdrawing their Social Security and other payments at a bank teller's window or automated teller machine.

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