This dataset contains fiscal year data and is currently available in the following formats:
CSV | XLSX
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 initial claims that require a medical determination for fiscal years 2008 and later.
You can download a dataset containing monthly data by fiscal year:
See the link below to learn more about SSA’s disability programs.
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 initial claims that require a medical determination. The data include monthly processing time for fiscal years 2008 and later. Fiscal year average processing time is the only cumulative figure; all monthly data are for a single month.
The average processing time is the total number of days to process all initial disability claims requiring a medical determination divided by the total number of initial disability claims requiring a medical determination that we process during a particular month, or cumulatively for all months for the fiscal year.
Data 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 it is in our data stores.
Field A: fiscal year, a 12 month period from October through September.
Field B: month, which is administratively set and is not necessarily an exact calendar month.
Field C: average processing (elapsed) time in days for disability claims, including combined initial Title II disability and Title XVI blind/disabled determinations, excluding technical denials, for each month and for the fiscal year. Counts are only cumulative in the calculation for the fiscal year figure.
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