The Social Security office in Davenport announced Thursday it will operate on reduced public hours beginning Nov. 19.
The office at 4319 N. Brady St. will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. Monday through Friday, a reduction of 30 minutes each day. Also, beginning Jan. 2, the office will close to the public at noon on Wednesdays.
Agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, allowing them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims without overtime costs, according to a news release.
“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,” according to the release issued by Kathleen Laird, assistant district manager at the Davenport office.
In addition, all Social Security field offices will be closed to the public on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. Employees will be at work that day to reduce backlogged workloads.
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The reductions come as the Davenport office also assumed the duties of the Clinton field office, which was closed at the end of September because of the decreased congressional appropriations. Three employees were transferred to Davenport, and one retired.
The office noted that 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 changes of address or telephone numbers are available online at socialsecurity.gov or toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 or the TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. Online services are available in Spanish at segurosocial.gov.