Backlog Reduction Plan Working; More Hearing Offices Open to Handle the Work
Social Security lowered the number of pending hearings by almost 10 percent over the last 18 months.
A critical piece of Social Security’s backlog reduction plan is the capacity to hold more hearings. The agency hired 147 Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and over 1,000 support staff in fiscal year 2009, and plans to hire an additional 226 ALJs this calendar year. The agency now has four National Hearing Centers to process hearings by video and has aggressive plans to open 14 new hearing offices, three satellite offices, and a fifth National Hearing Center by the end of the year.
For more information about Social Security’s hearings process and backlog reduction initiatives, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/appeals.