A Social Security Administration (SSA) official explained to Congress that the agency has closed down many field offices due to past budget cuts, although retirees and disability applications continue to grow, ABC News reported on June 18.
Though the SSA encouraged people to file their applications online, lawmakers criticized the agency, saying many applicants are uncomfortable utilizing the internet and wish to speak to officials in person. According to Nancy Berryhill, the agency compensated for budget cuts by closing some of their offices. SSA is one of the government agencies that has suffered from regular budget cuts. At least 64 SSA offices were closed by the agency in the last four years and more than 500 mobile offices in secluded areas were also closed. The office shutdown resulted in millions of applicants waiting longer for an appointment.
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