Improve Administration of the Disability Programs

SSA received over 2.4 million initial claims and about 583,000 reconsideration claims in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. As of May 2018, SSA had received over 1.5 million initial claims and almost 355,000 requests for reconsideration. Further, as of May 2018, there were over 555,000 initial claims pending.  

SSA has experienced increased case-processing times and a growing hearings backlog in recent years, causing the public to wait longer for decisions on appeals of earlier disability decisions. Average processing times on hearings has increased from 426 days at the end of FY2010 to 600 days at the end of April 2018. SSA’s pending hearings backlog grew from about 705,000 cases at the end of FY2010 to about 967,000 cases at the end of April 2018; however, pending hearing cases have decreased recently and are at their lowest levels in four years.

The Social Security Administration's Use of Averaging When Determining 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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Disability Insurance Claims with Ohio Workers' Compensation Benefits

DATE: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Accuracy of the Determination of Workers' Compensation Offset During Disability Insurance Claims Processing

DATE: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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The Social Security Administration’s Application of the Childcare Dropout Year Provision (Congressional Response Report)

DATE: Monday, September 17, 2018
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Processing Times for Continuing Disability Review Pre-hearing Case Reviews at the Reconsideration Level of Appeal

DATE: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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