December 9, 2021

Congress Urges SSA to Re-open Offices

A group of influential U.S. Senators pressed the Social Security Administration (SSA) this week to re-open field offices to in-person services as “expeditiously as possible.”  In a letter to Acting Commissioner, Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, members wrote that the extended closure of SSA field offices “created a disruption to the millions of new applicants and beneficiaries receiving Social Security benefits” and urged the administration to re-open their offices to the public as quickly as possible.

SSA field offices have been closed to the public since March 2020. The Senators, who presented 11 questions related to COVID performance and the reopening plan in the letter, noted that both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) awards are down and attributed this to the agency’s lack of reopening plans.

Read the letter in its entirety here.

Mary Dale Walters
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