Budget Cuts Slash Social Security Office Hours

September 09,2008
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Starting August 15, 2011 all local Social Security field offices throughout the country are on tap to reduce the time they are open to the public by 30 minutes.
“While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow us to complete face-to-face service with the visiting public without incurring the cost of overtime for our employees,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. “Congress provided our agency with nearly $1 billion less than the President requested for our budget this fiscal year, which makes it impossible for us to provide the amount of overtime needed to handle service to the public as we have in the past.”
While the essence of these budget debates are much more complex than simple overtime hours, the real issues facing the disabled/retired community are how will these cuts affect service and, for that matter, will it move the needle enough to reduce costs to protect benefits?
Because some tasks can be done online (but not SSI applications) this may not be as bad as it seems. But—and it’s a big but—in these uncertain times, can you afford to not do your research before you file your initial claim?
A call to Hermann Law Group, PLLC can save you time and effort. Get the facts; call for a free screening to see if you could benefit from an in-person consultation with an attorney. (Offices in Westchester and Dutchess counties in New York, Bergen County NJ and Fairfield County, CT.)
Gabriel J. Hermann, Esq.
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