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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 2.11 18% 48% 34%
Alaska 1 5 326 days 2.20 29% 17% 54%
Arizona 3 26 375 days 2.11 17% 45% 38%
Arkansas 2 26 356 days 2.28 14% 46% 40%
California 17 172 362 days 1.96 18% 47% 35%
Colorado 2 28 355 days 2.14 22% 43% 35%
Connecticut 2 19 400 days 2.00 16% 48% 36%
Delaware 1 10 473 days 1.99 19% 37% 44%
District of Columbia 1 14 451 days 1.93 19% 49% 32%
Florida 8 116 492 days 1.98 20% 45% 35%
Georgia 6 77 485 days 1.97 18% 47% 35%
Hawaii 1 12 290 days 2.58 13% 66% 21%
Illinois 5 80 416 days 1.70 17% 42% 41%
Indiana 4 59 403 days 2.09 15% 46% 39%
Iowa 1 12 423 days 2.02 16% 42% 42%
Kansas 2 17 393 days 2.09 21% 33% 46%
Kentucky 4 43 399 days 2.34 15% 45% 40%
Louisiana 4 52 320 days 2.16 19% 42% 39%
Maine 1 22 456 days 2.10 19% 46% 35%
Maryland 1 41 512 days 1.90 22% 44% 34%
Massachusetts 2 26 380 days 2.06 20% 48% 32%
Michigan 7 87 383 days 2.19 17% 46% 37%
Minnesota 1 20 381 days 2.36 17% 48% 35%
Mississippi 3 43 445 days 2.23 16% 41% 43%
Missouri 5 114 423 days 2.11 19% 41% 40%
Montana 1 12 349 days 2.21 18% 45% 37%
Nebraska 1 8 410 days 2.17 20% 55% 25%
Nevada 2 12 356 days 2.10 18% 36% 46%
New Hampshire 1 9 382 days 2.16 22% 42% 36%
New Jersey 2 46 432 days 1.93 17% 55% 28%
New Mexico 1 23 436 days 2.19 16% 55% 29%
New York 10 108 425 days 1.84 20% 50% 30%
North Carolina 4 62 490 days 2.12 15% 51% 34%
North Dakota 1 7 330 days 2.43 13% 50% 37%
Ohio 6 108 420 days 1.96 17% 43% 40%
Oklahoma 3 43 405 days 2.18 17% 44% 39%
Oregon 2 36 454 days 1.96 18% 47% 35%
Pennsylvania 7 100 436 days 2.14 24% 42% 34%
Puerto Rico 3 12 341 days 2.33 14% 64% 22%
Rhode Island 1 7 306 days 2.39 25% 35% 40%
South Carolina 2 42 459 days 2.22 16% 49% 35%
Tennessee 6 76 431 days 2.20 14% 53% 33%
Texas 7 98 383 days 2.28 19% 38% 43%
Utah 1 12 386 days 1.86 13% 60% 27%
Virginia 4 37 432 days 2.05 17% 42% 41%
Washington 3 43 386 days 1.81 19% 44% 37%
West Virginia 3 53 434 days 2.20 16% 45% 39%
Wisconsin 2 27 429 days 1.81 20% 35% 45%
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