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The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is responsible for holding hearings and issuing decisions as part of the Social Security Administration's process for determining whether or not a person may receive benefits. ODAR is one of the largest administrative adjudication systems in the world.

ODAR directs hearing offices, in the following states, comprised of administrative law judges (ALJ) who conduct impartial "de novo" hearings and make decisions on appealed determinations involving retirement, survivors, disability, and supplemental security income benefits.

Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge directs a nationwide field organization consisting of 10 regional offices, 169 hearing offices, 5 national hearing centers, and 1 national case assistance center.

Each year, more than 1,300 ALJs render over 700,000 decisions at the hearing level.

Through the Appeals Council, ODAR also reviews ALJ decisions on appeal by claimants, or on its own motion, and issues the final agency decision on such cases. The Appeals Council consists of about 100 administrative appeals judges and appeals officers and renders the agency's final decision in over 89,000 cases per year.


State Offices Judges Average Processing Time Avg Dispositions Per Day Per ALJ Cases Dismissed Cases Approved Cases Denied
Alabama 4 60 438 days 2.12 19% 47% 34%
Alaska 1 5 328 days 2.19 29% 17% 54%
Arizona 3 26 377 days 2.13 17% 45% 38%
Arkansas 2 26 358 days 2.29 14% 46% 40%
California 17 172 364 days 1.98 18% 47% 35%
Colorado 2 28 356 days 2.14 22% 43% 35%
Connecticut 2 19 404 days 2.01 16% 48% 36%
Delaware 1 10 473 days 1.99 19% 38% 43%
District of Columbia 1 15 451 days 1.93 19% 49% 32%
Florida 8 117 490 days 1.99 20% 45% 35%
Georgia 6 77 484 days 1.97 18% 48% 34%
Hawaii 1 12 293 days 2.59 13% 66% 21%
Illinois 5 80 416 days 1.72 16% 43% 41%
Indiana 4 59 403 days 2.10 15% 46% 39%
Iowa 1 12 425 days 2.03 16% 41% 43%
Kansas 2 17 394 days 2.08 21% 33% 46%
Kentucky 4 43 401 days 2.34 15% 45% 40%
Louisiana 4 52 321 days 2.17 19% 42% 39%
Maine 1 22 458 days 2.12 19% 46% 35%
Maryland 1 41 512 days 1.90 22% 44% 34%
Massachusetts 2 28 382 days 2.06 20% 48% 32%
Michigan 7 88 385 days 2.19 17% 47% 36%
Minnesota 1 20 382 days 2.34 17% 48% 35%
Mississippi 3 43 445 days 2.23 16% 41% 43%
Missouri 5 117 421 days 2.11 19% 41% 40%
Montana 1 12 352 days 2.19 18% 45% 37%
Nebraska 1 8 411 days 2.17 20% 55% 25%
Nevada 2 12 360 days 2.11 18% 36% 46%
New Hampshire 1 9 383 days 2.15 22% 42% 36%
New Jersey 2 47 432 days 1.94 17% 55% 28%
New Mexico 1 23 436 days 2.19 16% 55% 29%
New York 10 109 425 days 1.86 20% 50% 30%
North Carolina 4 62 489 days 2.12 15% 51% 34%
North Dakota 1 7 331 days 2.43 13% 50% 37%
Ohio 6 108 421 days 1.98 17% 43% 40%
Oklahoma 3 43 405 days 2.20 17% 44% 39%
Oregon 2 36 455 days 1.96 18% 47% 35%
Pennsylvania 7 101 436 days 2.13 24% 42% 34%
Puerto Rico 3 12 343 days 2.33 14% 64% 22%
Rhode Island 1 7 308 days 2.38 25% 35% 40%
South Carolina 2 43 459 days 2.23 17% 48% 35%
Tennessee 6 76 431 days 2.20 14% 53% 33%
Texas 7 99 384 days 2.29 19% 38% 43%
Utah 1 12 389 days 1.87 13% 60% 27%
Virginia 4 38 432 days 2.07 17% 42% 41%
Washington 3 43 389 days 1.81 19% 44% 37%
West Virginia 3 53 434 days 2.21 16% 45% 39%
Wisconsin 2 28 429 days 1.81 20% 35% 45%
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