Mar 22, 2013

ODAR Backlog Report

     This is a report from Social Security's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) showing the state of the backlog of cases waiting to be heard at each of its offices. Click twice on each image to see full size. This report was printed in the newsletter of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR). The newsletter is not available online.
     Note the persistence of extreme variations between offices. Also, note the national trend line on the backlogs:
  • February 29, 2008 -- 511 days
  • March 8, 2009 -- 499 days
  • July 5, 2010 -- 415 days
  • February 1, 2011 -- 371 days
  • July 27, 2012 -- 357 days
  • February 22, 2013 -- 382 days
     The backlog has gone up by almost a month just in the last seven months. That's a scary trendline -- and that was before sequestration began.


Anonymous said...

That may be before sequestration started, but not before the hiring freeze started. We have employees retire and quit all the time. Without an ability to hire replacements, there are fewer hands to move the widgets. Processing times will continue to increase and the backlog will grow. How can anything different be expected?? Astrue hired people, the backlog went down, processing times decreased. Que sara, sara..

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