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Social Security Administration (SSA) Annual Data for
Title XVI Blind/Disabled Average Processing Time (in days)
(excludes technical denials)
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We process disability claims for benefits through two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. An application for disability benefits can be filed online, in the local Social Security office, or by phone. We review the application to make sure some basic requirements for disability benefits are met. In some instances, including where the non-disability requirements are not met, the claim may be turned down as a technical denial and a medical determination is not made.
If the requirements are met, we send the disability application to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office in the state in which the applicant resides. Using federal laws, regulations, and Agency policies and procedures, the state agency completes the disability decision for Social Security. In addition, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews a sample of initial disability claims prior to a final determination. Once these actions are completed, payment is made for allowances or notices are issued for denials.
The data contained in this dataset shows the overall cumulative number of elapsed days (including processing time for transit, technical determinations, medical determinations, and quality review) from the date of filing through the date payment is made or the denial notice is issued for all Title XVI initial claims that require a medical determination for fiscal years 2013 through 2016. For current information, updated monthly, on our overall processing time that includes both Title II and Title XVI initial disability claims, go to Combined Disability Processing Time dataset.
Agency Program Description
Click this link to learn more about the SSA’s disability programs. Benefits for People with Disabilities
This dataset provides the overall cumulative number of elapsed days (including processing time for transit, technical (non-medical aspects) determinations, medical determinations, and SSA quality review) from the date of filing through the date payment is made or the denial notice is issued for all Title XVI initial claims that require a medical determination. The data include yearly processing time for fiscal years 2013 - 2016.
The average processing time is the total number of days to process all Title XVI initial disability claims requiring a medical determination divided by the total number of Title XVI initial disability claims requiring a medical determination that we process during a particular year.
Dataset Collection Description
We electronically collect elapsed time in days for every disability case processed. We currently use our business intelligence capabilities to present the data that is in our data stores.
Fiscal Year (FY): The 12-month period from October 1st through September 30th.
Average Processing Time: The average processing (elapsed) time in days for disability claims for Title XVI blind/disabled determinations, excluding technical denials, for the fiscal year.