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Social Security Administration Announces Offices to Close Earlier Amidst Strained Budget

A closed sign hanging on a window.Starting Nov. 19, Social Security field offices throughout the country will close 30 minutes earlier each day, and starting Jan. 2, they will close at noon on Wednesdays.

In a press release, the agency said that “significantly reduced funding provided by Congress under the continuing resolution for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible for the agency to provide the overtime needed to handle service to the public as it has done in the past.”

While the offices are closed early to the public, employees will work on processing cases and clearing out backlogs. The move will help employees to avoid incurring overtime.

A spokesperson said that the Social Security Administration is operating on significantly less funding than it requested and than President Obama requested.

Numerous offices have already been consolidated over the past couple of years to try to cut the agency’s budget. However, hundreds of thousands of people visit the agency’s offices or call for assistance every day, and those numbers are only expected to rise as the Baby Boomer population continues to age.

The agency notes that most services provided by the Social Security Administration do not require a visit to an office, including applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits. Many services can be completed online at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling 1-800-772-1213.

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