The Texas Social Security Office has released a statement today that says that effective August 15, 2011, the Tyler Social Security Office will close 30 minutes early each weekday.  Their new hours will be 9:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.  More after the jump.

Tyler is not the only office affected by the budget cuts.  In fact, all field offices will close 30 minutes earlier.  The statement from the Social Security Administration goes on to say:

"While agency employees will continue to work their regular hours, this shorter public window will allow them to complete face-to-face service with the visiting public without incurring the cost of overtime. Congress provided Social Security with nearly $1 billion less than the President requested for the budget this fiscal year, which makes it impossible for the agency to provide the amount of overtime needed to handle service to the public as we have in the past."

"Most Social Security services do not require a visit to an office. For example, anyone wishing to apply for benefits, sign up for direct deposit, replace a Medicare card, obtain a proof of income letter or inform us of a change of address or telephone number may do so at or by dialing our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778."