Due to the shutdown of the Federal Government, there will be a reduction in services provided by the Social Security Administration. Your local field office will remain open, but with limited services, and it needs to be remembered that its hours have already been reduced as a result of sequestration. Those services include helping you apply for benefits or request an appeal for benefits. The hearings offices will remain open for Administrative Law Judges to conduct hearings, but it appears that the effectuation of disability benefits for new claimants will be delayed. Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefit payments will continue with no change in payment dates.