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 six years. Much of our progress in the past two years is a result of the Plan to Eliminate the Hearings Backlog and Prevent its Recurrence. Additional hearings backlog information is available on the Congressional Testimony page.