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Railroad Retirement Board offices remain open during government shutdown; National Mediation Board to close

CLEVELAND, October 1 — The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) announced that ongoing benefit payments will continue and all RRB offices are expected to remain open during the lapse in Federal funding for certain Government operations, which began today. The National Mediation Board, on the other hand, announced that it would be closed indefinitely due to lack of funding.

According to a RRB press release, RRB field offices, operating with reduced staffs, may also accept new claims for unemployment and sickness benefits, but will not be allowed under current budget laws to accept new applications for retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. Persons receiving ongoing benefit payments are still obliged to report any events that would affect the payment of their benefits.

Individuals calling the RRB’s toll-free telephone number (1-877-772-5772) and having difficulty in reaching an agency representative are asked to be patient as offices are operating with a very limited staff.

According to a release on the National Mediation Board website, agency personnel will not be allowed, by law, to conduct or communicate agency business in the event of a shutdown. The NMB website will remain operational, but there will not be any updates until government reopens. A copy of the NMB Furlough Plan is available here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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