Budget cuts are leading the Tri-Cities Social Security office to reduce open hours starting Aug. 15.
The new hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., which is 30 fewer minutes per weekday.
Employees at the office will continue to work their regular hours, according to a news release. The public hour change was made to avoid overtime costs.
Congress provided the Social Security Administration with nearly $1 billion less than President Obama requested for the budget this fiscal year, which makes it impossible for the agency to provide the amount of overtime needed to handle service to the public as it has in the past.
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Some services provided by the Tri-Cities office also can be completed online.
Those services include applying for benefits, signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter or informing the agency of a change of address or telephone number.
To complete those tasks online, go to www.social security.gov. People can call 800-772-1213 for help. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing should call the agency's TTY number, 800-325-0778.