Social Security Expands Office Hours

Beginning March 16, Social Security field offices across the country will be open an extra hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This change is thanks in part to the agency’s new budget, which gave it the resources for the longer office hours. Previously, hours were reduced because of congressional budget cuts, along with a reduction in staff, amid a growing workload, the agency says. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter Social Security offices …

EEOC Making Do With Less

2013 was a rough year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. First there was the sequester, which cut the agency’s budget by 5 percent and forced the agency to furlough employees for up to 40 hours. Then there was the 16-day government shutdown, during which only 5 percent of the EEOC’s employees were allowed to work, making it impossible for its lawyers there to review claims, litigate them or mediate them. Even so, the EEOC recovered more money for victims …

Medicare Fraud: A Son Blows the Whistle on Dad’s Company

Within the gigantic Medicare system lurk plenty of fraudsters. They falsify or inflate claims and hope they slip through the billing and documentation cracks. At the same time, federal prosecutors try to sniff out such deception. And occasionally they get a little help from inside. Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department closed such a case when Park Avenue Medical Associates of White Plains, N.Y., agreed to pay $1 million to settle charges that it had fraudulently billed the Medicare …