SSA to expand phone service
October 26, 2010
The Social Security Administration held a groundbreaking ceremony in Jackson, TN for their first new call center in more than a decade. Joining Michael J. Astrue, Social Security commissioner, were Congressman John Tanner and local Jackson officials. When completed, the teleservice center (TSC) is said to create about 200 new jobs for the area.

"Our teleservice centers handle more than 60 million calls each year and we are facing an ever increasing demand for our services as more and more baby boomers reach retirement age," Commissioner Astrue said. "The new Jackson call center will help us further improve service to the millions of Americans who call our toll-free number. The new permanent federal jobs we are bringing to Jackson and the State of Tennessee are an added benefit for the area."

The Jackson TSC will provide additional capacity the agency needs in the Eastern and Central time zones, where more than two-thirds of the calls to Social Security's toll-free number originate. Social Security currently has 33 TSCs operating in locations all across the country. All centers take calls from throughout the U.S. and provide service via Social Security's national toll-free number, (800) 772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Live service is available from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Automated service is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Social Security is working closely with the General Services Administration to facilitate the process for building the new TSC that will be located at 257 BancorpSouth Parkway. It is expected to open by late 2011.

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