SSA Employees Worry about Diminished Services

Today’s Washington Post reports concerns from within: A letter from the National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals, which is part of the American Federation of Government Employees, looked at three budget scenarios: the current status of the SSA; the fiscal 2012 situation, with only current funding; and 2012 with a 5 percent reduction.

It was sent to Democrats on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the supercommittee. Rebutting Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s description of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme,” the labor organization said that “no program has done more to protect middle class individuals when they retire or become disabled.”

But the level of service the elderly and disabled have come to expect could diminish more than it has already if the SSA budget is whittled away. In August, the SSA began closing its field offices 30 minutes early to save on overtime payments to staff members.

“Given the tight budget situation, we’ve had to make tough choices,” said SSA spokesman Mark Hinkle. “This includes an 80 percent reduction in overtime for our front-line employees, resulting in about $100 million less in overtime this fiscal year.” See story here: