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Administrative Law Judge Allowance Rates, Quality, and Length of Service

September 20, 2017

Office Affiliation: The Office of Audit

Audit Report Number: A-12-17-50247

Our objective was to analyze Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 allowance and agree rates in relation to an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) length of service.

The ALJ decisional allowance rate has fluctuated from a high of 75.2 percent in FY 1994 to a low of 53.5 percent in FY 2015. The 53.5-percent decisional average allowance rate in FY 2015 was the lowest rate in 23 years.

The agree rate represents the Appeals Council’s conclusion that the ALJ decisions were supported by substantial evidence and contained no error of law or abuse of discretion justifying a remand or reversal. The national goal for the agree rate is 85 percent. The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) employs more than 1,400 ALJs, and their length of service ranges from fewer than 5 years to longer than 48 years.

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