Information About Social Security's Hearings and Appeals Process

The Social Security Administration's (SSA) administrative appeals operation, under the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is one of the largest administrative judicial systems in the world. SSA issues more than half a million hearing and appeal dispositions each year. Administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct hearings and issue decisions. The Appeals Council considers appeals from hearing decisions, and acts as the final level of administrative review for the agency.

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Chart Our Progress

Please see below for the status of our major workloads over the past seven years. Additional information about SSA’s hearings and appeals process is available on the Congressional Testimony page.

Report Ending Date 09/23/2016: The four charts below contain FY 2016 data for the period 9/26/2015 – 9/23/2016.

Report Ending Date 09/30/2016: While the charts above represent normal 52 week fiscal years, FY 2016 had 53 weeks, an anomaly that occurs every five or six years. The charts below include data from the extra 53rd week in FY 2016 and cover the period from 9/26/2015 – 9/30/2016.