The Backlog

November 15, 2017

A favorite topic of all Social Security attorneys is the hearing backlog.  Right now, it is taking upwards of 20 months to move from a Request for a Hearing to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.  Recent information from SSA suggests that part of the problem is that funding to SSA has been cut at the same time there are more applications being filed.

 

Specifically, the core operating budget is down 11% and the SSA staff has been cut by 10%.  Disability insurance beneficiaries are up by 5% and Retirement and Survivor insurance beneficiaries are up by 17%.  That is not a formula that will help decrease the wait time for a hearing.

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