From: |||ODAR ODC
Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 3:00 PM
Subject: Deputy Commissioner Broadcast for June
Deputy Commissioner Broadcast
Date: June 5, 2009
Subject: Disability Hearings Backlog Continues to Go Down
Incredible job, everyone. This is the fifth consecutive month that our pending has declined. Each of you is to be commended for your commitment to work down the disability hearings backlog. Your hard work and dedication are improving the lives of many Americans who are in dire need.
State of the Disability Backlog
Again in May, we exceeded our disposition target and continued to reduce the pending. We are now at 750,601 cases – a drop in the disability backlog of 5,506 cases. Our pending is currently at 10,212 cases below the fiscal year (FY) 2009 opening pending, and we are 3,999 cases below our end of the fiscal year goal.
Our processing time remained at 505 days in May. The fiscal year to date processing time is 494 days – 22 days below the revised fiscal year target of 516 days.
Moving Off the Low Performing Hearing Office List
Congratulations to the
By the end of the FY 2009, I expect that we will have hired an additional 959 new staff – over and above the hiring we do for attrition.
Earlier this year, we hired 140 new staff.
For the 710 new hires that we are presently working on, we have commitments from 88% of those we have made offers to and approximately 70% are already working in offices nationwide. All the Regions are stepping up to the plate to make the June 30 deadline.
Recently, the Commissioner gave us permission to hire an additional 109 new staff – 36 in the Regions and the remainder in
We have made 151 offers to new ALJs and hope to soon hire an additional 6. In October, we hope to hire an additional 25-50 new ALJs. Also, of great importance to our efforts to work down the disability backlog, is our ability to hire 208 new ALJs in FY 2010. We are working with OPM to get the ALJ register refreshed as soon as possible.
New ODAR Offices
We expect the offices to be completed and ready for occupancy by September 2010. Headquarters and the Regions are working well together to make this happen.
Satellite Offices Office Expansions
We are still working with the Regions to find space for all the centralized units.
Senate Finance Committee Hearing
The Senate Finance Committee hearing, originally scheduled for May 19, was postponed.
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
In mid-May, I spoke to NOSSCR at their conference in
Disability Determination Services (DDS) Forum
The SSA/DDS Forum convened in
Good Discussions with Unions
I have now personally met with representatives from each of the unions and our discussions have been very constructive.
Also, I have shared ODAR’s current Service Delivery Plan with them and intend to post the document to the Intranet in the near future, so all can see.
CD Burning Initiative
We are working with the Office of Systems to identify alternatives to the current CD burning process, which has caused many of our systems performance issues. We expect to implement the CD burning initiative in the 2nd quarter of FY 2010. I had hoped that we would have been able to move faster on this initiative.
I am committed to providing the information and resources necessary for you to carry out our mission. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. We should be very proud of our efforts to date. However, there still remains much to be accomplished.
David V. Foster
"Truth, Justice and the American People"