Video Hearing (VH) Opt-Out Numbers and Rates for Hearing Requests Received FY 2016

This dataset contains counts of hearing request receipts in the months shown and objections to appearing at the hearing by video teleconferencing (VTC) known as “opt-outs”.

When hearing offices receive a request for a hearing, they send an acknowledgement notice to the claimant and any representative. With the acknowledgement, a form is provided to the claimant/representative with the opportunity to object to appearing by VTC, or to “opt-out” of a video hearing, within 30 days of receiving the notice (or later if good cause is found).

Considering the minimum 30-day wait time, mailing time, and hearing office processing time, we wait 90 days before reporting the opt-out number and percentage for any given month. This is why the data shown in the table reflect the receipts for work months completed at least 90 days ago. It should be noted, though, that even with the 90 day lag time, some VH opt-outs may continue to be recorded for receipts in any month. As a result, the number of VH opt-outs and the percentages shown are subject to change.

For FY 2016, this report has a listing for the normal 52 week fiscal year (9/26/2015 – 9/23/2016) and a second listing to include the extra 53rd week (9/26/2015 – 9/30/2016). Most fiscal years have just 52 weeks, however, FY 2016 had 53 weeks, which is an anomaly that occurs every five or six years.

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Month
Receipts
VH Opt-Outs
% Opt-Out
October 2015
75,887
24,476
32.25%
November 2015
55,457
18,175
32.77%
December 2015
55,802
18,583
33.30%
January 2016
64,476
21,290
33.02%
February 2016
56,255
18,463
32.82%
March 2016
57,591
18,875
32.77%
April 2016
67,747
22,020
32.50%
May 2016
52,446
17,188
32.77%
June 2016
49,310
16,045
32.54%
July 2016
60,671
19,523
32.18%
August 2016
50,928
16,404
32.21%
September 2016 (09/23/2016)
52,009
16,808
32.32%
September 2016 (09/30/2016)
66,283
21,263
32.08%
FY 2016 (52 weeks)
698,579
227,850
32.62%
FY 2016 (53 weeks)
712,853
232,305
32.59%

 

Disclaimer: These data are being made publicly available for research purposes. Any findings and conclusions derived from analyses of these data are attributable to the researcher(s) and do not reflect those of the Social Security Administration.