Improve Administration of the Disability Programs

SSA has made progress in reducing initial disability claims pending and backlogged CDRs.  Specifically, initial disability claims pending decreased from over 759,000 in FY 2011 to almost 575,000 as of May 2019.  Further, in FY 2018, SSA eliminated the backlog of full medical CDRs that had existed since FY 2002.  However, the average processing time for a hearing increased 65 percent from 360 days in FY 2011 to 595 days in FY 2018.  Moreover, during the same period, pending hearings increased 11 percent from 771,318 to 858,383.  However, the number of pending cases has decreased from over 1.1 million at the end of FY 2016 to 665,774 as of May 2019 while average processing time has decreased to 520 days.  OHO has updated its Compassionate And REsponsive Service (CARES) plan, which outlines initiatives to address the growing number of pending hearings and increasing wait times.  Initially, the CARES plan included an average processing time goal of 270 days for hearings by the end of FY 2020.  However, OHO now expects to reach the goal by 2021.  OHO has reduced the 27 initial CARES initiatives to 12 as it completes initiatives and identifies new ones.  The current initiatives relate to (1) Business Process Efficiencies, (2) IT Innovations and Investments, and (3) Accountability and Oversight Focus—a new initiative for 2019.

Administrative Law Judges' Appeals Council Remand Decisions

DATE: Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Administrative Costs Claimed by the District of Columbia Disability Determination Services

DATE: Monday, August 5, 2019
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Single Audit of the State of California for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2018

DATE: Friday, August 2, 2019
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Single Audit of the State of Michigan for the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2018

DATE: Thursday, July 25, 2019
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The Social Security Administration’s Use of Averaging When It Determined Substantial Gainful Activity for Disabled Beneficiaries

DATE: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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Medical Improvement Review Standard Exceptions Other Than Failure to Cooperate

DATE: Thursday, June 6, 2019
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The Social Security Administration’s Use of INSIGHT Software to Identify Potential Anomalies in Hearing Decisions

DATE: Friday, April 19, 2019
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Decision-writing Backlog in the Office of Hearings Operations

DATE: Friday, March 29, 2019
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Accuracy of Disability Entitlement Dates for Primary Beneficiaries Who Previously Filed Disability Claims

DATE: Friday, December 21, 2018
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The Social Security Administration’s Programs and Projects that Assist Beneficiaries in Returning to Work

DATE: Monday, November 5, 2018
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