From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Effective Monday, Nov. 19 the Joplin Social Security office will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This is a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.
Also, on Friday, Nov. 23 the day after Thanksgiving, all Social Security field offices will be closed to the public. Employees working that day will focus on reducing backlogged workloads.
In addition, beginning Jan. 2, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.
While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, the shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime. 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 t handle service to the public as it has done in the past.
Most Social Security services do not require a visit to a local office. Many services, including applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing the office of a change of address or telephone number, are available online at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling tool-free 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. Many of the online services also are available in Spanish at www.segurosocial.gov.