Federal budget cuts are forcing the Ogdensburg Social Security office to cut back the hours it's open to the public.
In a news release, officials in the Ogdensburg office said they'll reduce hours by a half hour each day starting November 19.
Starting January 2, the office will close at noon each Wednesday.
The release said significantly reduced funding from Congress 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."
Employees will still work their regular hours, but need shorter public hours to conduct one-on-one interviews and complete paperwork without incurring overtime.
On the plus side, officials say people don't have to visit a Social Security office for most services.
Many services are available at www.socialsecurity.gov, including signing up for direct deposit, replacing a Medicare card, obtaining a proof of income letter, registering a change of address or phone number, or applying for retirement, disability or Medicare benefits.
Services are also available by phone at 1-800-325-0778.
Thursday, December 8, 2016, Watertown, NY
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