Social Security Offices to Close Earlier Due to
Budget Squeeze by Congress
Field offices will close daily at 3 p.m. starting
November 19; January 2 will begin closing at noon on Wednesdays
13,2012 -Social Security field offices across the U.S. will begin
closing 30 minutes earlier on November 19. Employees, however, will
still be at work. The agency says the early closing to the public will
allow agency staff to process claims work without incurring the cost of
overtime, which has been severely limited by reduced funding by
The SSA news release notes, field offices that are
usually open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. will close daily at 3:00 p.m. Additionally, beginning January 2,
2013, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.
Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, Social
Security offices in New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island, N.Y.
will delay implementing these new office hours.
In addition to the earlier closing, on November 23,
the day after Thanksgiving, all Social Security field offices will be
closed all day to the public. As the agency did last year, field office
employees working that day will be asked to focus on reducing backlogged
The 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, the
agency said in a news release.
Most Social Security services do not require a
visit to a local office, the agency says. Many services, including
applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for
direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income
letter or informing us of a change of address or telephone number are
conveniently available at
by dialing our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call our
TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. Many of our online services also are
available in Spanish at
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