The Social Security Administration may have to reduce services and furlough employees if appropriations bills from the House and Senate are successful.
The House’s funding would provide the agency with $772 million less than the president’s request of $11.1 billion and the Senate measure would allocate $582 million less, according to a report in Government Executive.
The agency said with the lawmakers’ proposal, it would process significantly fewer disability claims and under the House measure hold 200,000 fewer hearings. It also might prompt the SSA to furlough employees up to two weeks.
The agency has endured cuts throughout much of the Obama administration, according to the report. Its operating budget has fallen 10 percent since 2010 after adjusting for inflation. The number of Social Security beneficiaries has grown 12 percent in the same time period, however, as the baby boomer generation begins to retire.
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