I-2-0-2.Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge — General

Last Update: 9/28/05 (Transmittal I-2-66)


The Commissioner of Social Security has delegated to Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), the authority to hear and decide appealed determinations of claims for retirement, survivor, disability, and statutory blindness benefits under Title II; special benefits to World War II benefits under title VIII; aged, blind and disability benefits under Title XVI; and initial and continuing entitlement to benefits under Title XVIII.

The Associate Commissioner for Hearings and Appeals manages the hearing process through a nationwide network of hearing offices (HOs). The Associate Commissioner, through the Office of the Chief ALJ, designates the geographic area that each hearing office (HO) will serve and delegates to each Hearing Office Chief ALJ the authority to assign ALJs to hold hearings, issue decisions or orders, and take other appropriate action to resolve disputed issues.

“Claimant,” as used herein, refers to the party to the initial, reconsidered, or revised determination who has requested a hearing before an ALJ, and any other party to the determination, or person whose rights may be adversely affected by a hearing decision. (See I-2-1-45, Parties to the Hearing.)