Reduce the Hearings Backlog and Prevent its Recurrence

The hearings process is a key piece of SSA's disability process, providing the public with an opportunity to appeal an earlier State Disability Determination Services decision.

However, SSA has experienced a growing hearing backlog and increasing case processing times in recent years, causing the public to wait longer for decisions. SSA’s pending hearing backlog grew from about 694,000 cases at the end of June 2010 to approximately 955,000 at the end of June 2014. Average processing time on hearings has also increased from 415 days in June 2010 to 437 days in June 2014.

SSA continues to implement a plan to eliminate the backlog of disability hearing requests and prevent its occurrence. The following reports illustrate our efforts related to the issue. 

Senior Attorney Adjudicator Program

DATE: Friday, July 29, 2011
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Congressional Response Report: The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review's Hearings Backlog and Processing Times

DATE: Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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Use of Video Hearings to Reduce the Hearing Case Backlog

DATE: Friday, April 22, 2011
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Congressional Response Report: Office of Disability Adjudication and Review's Scheduling Procedures for Hearings

DATE: Friday, February 25, 2011
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Performance Indicator Audit: Hearings and Appeals Backlog

DATE: Friday, February 25, 2011
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Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Hearing Request Dismissals

DATE: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
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Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Decision-Writing Process

DATE: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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Disability Impairments on Cases Most Frequently Denied by Disability Determination Services and Subsequently Allowed by Administrative Law Judges

DATE: Friday, August 20, 2010
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Congressional Response Report: Office of Disability Adjudication and Review Hearing Request Dismissals

DATE: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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Congressional Response Report: The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review's 2013 Pending Hearings Backlog Plan

DATE: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
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