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Social Security reduces Arkansas office hours, blames budget cuts

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published November 8, 2012 at 11:25 a.m.

A reduction in funding has lead the Social Security Administration to reduce public hours at Arkansas field offices, the agency said Thursday.

Officials issued a statement saying the offices will close at 3 p.m. each weekday beginning Nov. 19. And beginning Jan. 2, the offices will close at noon on Wednesdays.

State Social Security offices are currently open until 3:30 p.m. each weekday.

"While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime," the agency said in a statement. "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."

Offices will also be closed to the public the day after Thanksgiving this year so employees can focus on "backlogged workloads," the office said.

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LevyRat says... November 8, 2012 at 1:27 p.m.

Right, overworked federal employees. Remember when you are a government employee and you don't get a raise, you just work slower and slower, making overtime necessary.

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SPA says... November 8, 2012 at 2:04 p.m.

Ever worked for the gov't? I have. They indeed have huge workloads; are routinely understaffed. People like to complain about how long it takes to get things taken care of. They don't have a clue what it's like working with chronically understaffed situations, probably. Good for them for closing the doors early if their budget gets cut! Private for profits would just outsource it to IND-ya. Try getting your problems with SS sorted out that way, heh heh.

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drs01 says... November 8, 2012 at 2:20 p.m.

It's about time someone starting looking at more ways to improve the productivity of our government employees. Now if only the post office would cut mail delivery to 3-4 days a week so that my junk mail will easier to handle on its way to the recycling container.

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LevyRat says... November 8, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.

SPA, these budgets were not cut they just cut out overtime. I have worked in government offices and visited many government offices and I have never seen an "overworked" government employee. Secondly, the caseload you are talking about is just taking applications, they don't make any determination, all of the disability cases are subcontracted to the State of Arkansas. Yes, you are rigth, for profits companies would not put up with lazy employees, they would be fired and replaced with someone who is willing to do the work. I'll bet you don't see Kroger closing the doors a 3:00 PM.

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Jackabbott says... November 8, 2012 at 3:13 p.m.

Why not cut the $$$$ that are being sent and spent to the Muslins in Afganistan, Irag, Egypt and so. The goofball Bush blew off a trillion or so on this and Obama is doing the same.

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lazybar says... November 8, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.

i thought we were in recovery?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... November 8, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.

Why stop blaming Bush?

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T6 says... November 8, 2012 at 5:28 p.m.

BBBB....Blame Bush has worked so far should be good for another 4 years...

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