We are now on day 2 of the United States government shut down. What happens now? Only time will tell.
The United States Government shut down on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 due to the battle in Congress over the funding of Obama Care. Republicans and Democrats couldn’t agree on a spending plan for the fiscal year that started Tuesday as they wrangled over Obamacare, leaving federal coffers short. Every branch of the federal government was shut down and furloughed thousands of employees. The Social Security Administration was severely affected because it is one of the largest federal divisions. Others such as the IRS, Department of Justice, Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, etc. There are many more shutdown and affected.
Specifically, each local Social Security Administration branch and hearing office across the nation cut employees down to the “essential” employees so many workers had to pack their desks as of yesterday. This means longer waiting time to process claims, to get a hearing, and overall to do any business with the Social Security Administration. If you have a pending disability claim or plan on filing for Social Security Disability, you may want to check out their site to see how the shutdown affects you! It will also affect citizens without a claim or potential future claim. Go to the site: http://www.ssa.gov/shutdown/ and see how the shutdown affects you!
If you have questions about how it affects your case and you are a current client, please give our office a call.