The Social Security Administration on Monday offered early retirements to 9,000 employees, almost 14 percent of its workforce.
Anyone taking voluntary early retirement must retire by Sept. 30. The offers are effective immediately, SSA said in an e-mail to Federal Times. SSA is not offering buyouts.
To be eligible, employees must have completed 20 years of creditable service and be at least 50 years of age, or have at least 25 years of creditable service at any age. They must have been continuously on SSA’s payroll since Dec. 26, 2011. ...
SSA currently has more than 62,000 employees. The agency already is struggling with last year’s 6 percent reduction in staffing, which has forced it to rely on overtime or close field offices to the public a half-hour early.
SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue told the Senate Finance Committee on May 17 that further cuts in fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013 would force the agency to cut its hours even further next year.
Staffing cuts also could hurt SSA’s ability to reduce its claims backlog, which has troubled the agency for years.This strongly suggests that the agency is trying to avoid or reduce furloughs once the new fiscal year begins on October 1.
There's no question about who's responsible for this. It's Congressional Republicans.