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Social Security Administration Appeals Council Requests for Review Average Processing Time

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This dataset contains annual data from 1989 to 2016 and is currently available in the following formats:



This dataset provides annual data from 1989 through 2016 for the average processing time (elapsed time in days)for dispositions by the Appeals Council (AC) (both Administrative Appeals Judges and Adjudicative Officers issue AC decisions) on requests for review of hearing level decisions or dismissals. We provide this dataset to show a picture of the time it took to process these requests for review. It should be noted that the AC does not always process cases on a first in first out basis and processing times can vary based on individual case characteristics.

Data Dictionary

Field A: Federal Fiscal Year (FY), a federal fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.

Field B: Average Processing Time (in days), the average number of days from receipt to disposition that it took for the AC to complete their processing of requests for review.