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FD Social Security office cuts hours

November 10, 2012
Messenger News

Effective Nov. 19, the Fort Dodge Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. In addition, beginning Jan. 2, 2013, the office will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

Agency employees will continue to work regular hours, but the shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime, according to a press release.

On Nov. 23, all Social Security field offices will be closed to the public. Employees working that day will focus on reducing backlogged workloads.

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 the agency of a change of address or telephone number are available at or by calling (800)772-1213. The deaf or hard of hearing can call (800) 325-0778. Many online services also are available in Spanish at



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