Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 Allows Agency to Restore Some Service at local offices
The Social Security Administration (SSA) today announced that as a result of Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
This change will go into effect on March 16, 2015.
A local office that is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Offices will continue to close to the public at noon every Wednesday so employees have time to complete current work and reduce backlogs.
In recent years, SSA reduced local office hours due to congressional budget cuts, growing backlogs and staffing losses.
The agency began recovery in fiscal year 2014 by replacing some local office staffing losses and providing overtime support to process critical work.
With the commitment of resources in fiscal year 2015, the agency is able to restore some service hours to the public.
Most Social Security business does not require a visit to a local office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability and Medicare benefits, creating a my Social Security account, replacing a Medicare card, or reporting a change of address or telephone number are conveniently available anytime at www.socialsecurity.gov.
Social Security also offers assistance via a toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (Voice) and 1-800-325-0778 (TTY) from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
Posted by Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law, www.sheriabrams.com