Congressional Response Report: Administrative Law Judges with Both High Dispositions and High Allowance Rates

Date: 
Friday, November 14, 2014
Report Number: 
A-12-14-24092
Report Type: 
Audit Report
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In a January 2014 letter, the Chairmen of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements asked us to identify administrative law judges (ALJs) who had 700 or more dispositions and allowance rates of 85 percent or higher in any two fiscal years (FY) from FYs 2007 through 2013. 

After we identified the group of ALJs, the Chairmen asked us to review a sample of these ALJs' allowances to determine whether the ALJs processed the cases according to Social Security Administration (SSA) policy.  Finally, the Chairmen asked us to determine how SSA monitors the ALJ outliers and discuss any subsequent actions resulting from this monitoring.