Reduce Disability Backlogs and Improve Decisional Quality

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Beneficiaries Who Worked After Their Disability Onset Dates and Before Favorable Hearing Decisions

Date: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We issued this report to determine whether the Social Security Administration (SSA) appropriately addressed Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) claimants’ earnings after their disability onset dates and before favorable hearing decisions.

Date: 
Tue, 07/18/2017

Administrative Law Judges from Our February 2012 Report Who Had the Highest and Lowest Allowance Rates

Date: 
Thursday, June 22, 2017

We issued this report to review the status of the 24 administrative law judges (ALJ) we discussed in our February 2012 Congressional Response Report in terms of allowance rates and productivity. We also identified the ALJs who had the highest and lowest allowance rates in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 and described the Agency’s process for monitoring these ALJs.

Date: 
Thu, 06/22/2017

Congressional Response Report: Reasons for Hearing-related Delays

Date: 
Friday, June 2, 2017

On November 17, 2016, we received a letter from the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security, House Ways and Means Committee, asking how claimants who fail to appear or postpone scheduled hearings affected SSA’s hearings backlog. The Chairman had seven specific questions. The Chairman also noted that claimants who fail to appear or postpone their scheduled hearings without good reason not only delay the processing of their own cases, they use scarce resources. As of March 2017, about 1.1 million claimants were awaiting a hearing decision.

Date: 
Fri, 06/02/2017

Statutory Benefit Continuation During the Appeals Process for Medical Cessations

Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

We issued this report to evaluate the financial impact on the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund and the General Fund of the U.S. Treasury when individuals continued receiving benefit payments during appeals of medical cessation determinations that administrative law judges (ALJ) upheld.

Date: 
Thu, 05/11/2017

Oversight of Administrative Law Judge Decisional Quality

Date: 
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A claimant can appeal an administrative law judge's (ALJ) decision to deny or dismiss a disability case. Claimants file these appeals through a request for review to SSA’s Appeals Council (AC) in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). If the AC grants a review of the case, it will issue a fully favorable, partially favorable, or unfavorable decision; or it may remand the case to an ALJ. If the AC does not grant a case review, the earlier decision remains unchanged.

Date: 
Tue, 03/14/2017

Congressional Response Report: Disability Applications Denied Because of Claimants’ Ability to Work

Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

We issued this report to gather specific information on claimants who were denied Disability Insurance (DI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments because of their ability to work.

Date: 
Tue, 03/07/2017

Pre-effectuation Reviews of Favorable Hearing Decisions

Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Our objective was to determine whether the (1) Office of Disability Adjudication and Review timely processed its pre-effectuation reviews (PER) of favorable hearing decisions and (2) Office of Operations appropriately terminated benefits for claimants whose cases were denied or dismissed in the process. We also reviewed the costs and benefits of conducting the PERs.

Date: 
Tue, 02/07/2017

Reduce Disability Backlogs and Improve Decisional Quality

SSA is facing a considerable increase in initial and reconsideration disability claims, resulting in a significant backlog. The Agency received about 2.6 million initial claims and about 648,000 reconsideration claims in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. At the end of FY2016, SSA had over 568,000 initial disability claims pending.

Compassionate And Responsive Service Plan to Reduce Pending Hearings

Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2016

We issued this report to review the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review’s (ODAR) Compassionate And REsponsive Service (CARES) plan in terms of (1) content, (2) lessons learned from earlier initiatives, (3) communication with key parties, and (4) plans for measurement and monitoring.

Date: 
Fri, 09/30/2016

Characteristics of Claimants in the Social Security Administration’s Pending Hearings Backlog

Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016

We are issuing this report to provide information on the volume and age of pending hearing cases, the characteristics of the claimants awaiting a decision, and the status of pending cases.

Date: 
Thu, 09/29/2016

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