Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Social Security field office staff shrinking

Social Security field offices lost 873 staff members between October 2005 and September 2006. Field office managers see the agency moving away from community-based services, and toward Internet and telephone services. This was discussed at a meeting of Social Security managers on September 12. Fewer staff members means less help for people struggling with Social Security disability forms.

Individuals with concerns about shrinkage in Social Security field office staffs can express their views to Senators and Members of Congress. The U.S. Capitol telephone number is: (202) 224-3121. Give your ZIP code, and operators will direct your call to the appropriate Senate or House office. When the office answers, ask for the staff member who handles Social Security.

With elections coming up, callers probably will find many listening ears on Capitol Hill.

(Information from minutes of a National Council of Social Security Management Associations executive committee meeting dated September 12, 2006, online at the NCSSMA website. )

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