SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WARNS FURLOUGHS AND CUTS IN FUTURE UNDER GOP APPROPRIATIONS LEVELS - August 9, 2016
Closed Social Security offices, furloughed staff under GOP cuts, agency warns
By Joe Davidson, Washington Post
Social Security is facing dark times — not just figuratively, but as in the lights would go out.
That’s the warning from Social Security Administration (SSA) officials if an appropriations bill pushed by House Republicans takes effect.
“There would be up to two weeks of furloughs for all employees,” the agency said in information obtained by The Washington Post. “During this time, our offices would be closed to the public. Additionally, a full hiring freeze would cause service degradation and long wait times and delays. As a result, many Americans may wait longer to receive the benefits they have been planning to use during their retirement, and the most vulnerable of our citizens will have to wait even longer for disability claims decisions, causing more hardship and frustration for millions of families.”