Based on the 2013 Holiday Closing Schedules released by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in its official web page, all of its offices will be closed by November 28 in line with the celebration of nationwide feast, the Thanksgiving Day.
In addition, the agency also announced that the day after the Thanksgiving, although employees are required to report back to their job, all offices will still be closed to public so that employees may focus on working in backlog reduction.
Over the years, the said federal agency has been striving hard to reduce the huge backlogs of disability benefit claims. Thus, roughly 20 percent reduction of backlogs this year alone is already considered a milestone achieved for them.
Nevertheless, although the current administration is proud of the federal agency’s significant progress in reducing backlogs, the agency is highly committed in constantly pushing efforts to diminish the backlogs.
Moving on, after Thanksgiving weekend, all social security offices will resume to its usual business hours.
Fortunately, thanks to digital technology, even if social security offices are closed, many of the agency’s services will still be available online. For applicants, you can apply for retirement, Medicare and disability benefits online. You can also sign up for a direct deposit account, replace Medicare card, obtain a proof of income letter and change personal information such as address and telephone number via www.socialsecurity.gov or just by dialing the agency’s toll free number, 1-800-772-1213.