Long Wait Times Persist at the Hearing Office

June 20, 2018

New Government reports show that the number of cases pending a hearing has dropped to approximately 985,000 as of April 2018 from a high in 2017 of over 1,100,000.  Despite this fall, the average length of time to process a case has fallen only five days (from 605 days to 600 days), meaning that many people are waiting three years or more for a determination on their claims if they proceed to a hearing.   In 2015, the wait time was closer to 480 days, representing almost a four month increase in the wait times.

Although I have personally not seen this implemented in the Jacksonville hearing office, I am encouraged by the Voluntary Standby program which will allow claimants to have their hearings sooner on short notice in an effort to fill empty hearing slots.

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