Friday, August 19, 2011

SSA Field Offices Nationwide to Close 30 Minutes Earlier Everyday

If anything, this may not be an indication of something ominous, but already some changes happening at the SSA are certainly not good and only fan the flames of speculation that the federal Social Security Administration is going bankrupt.
But certainly, it is not true. It is all part of saving up the resources.

According to a statement release in its website, all Social Security field offices nationwide will be closed to the public half an hour earlier each day effective August 15. Despite this announcement, SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue however said that agency employees will continue to work their regular hours but has to close earlier to avoid incurring the cost of overtime for employees.

The commissioner said this measure was taken because of budget constraints. The US Congress provided the agency with less $1 billion as requested by the President this year. This makes it impossible for them, according to the official, to pay for the overtime needed to handle service to the public the same way they did in the past.

Although claimant need not go to an office personally to get Social Security services, it may not be effective to those who need to attend a disability hearing appeal. But since SSA has gone online, many applicants and claimants can avail of their services such as when applying for benefit, sign up for direct deposit, replace a Medicare card, obtain a proof of income letter or change of address and contact number, among others.

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