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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 5 65 517 days 1.87 19% 47% 34%
Alaska 1 2 453 days 1.53 28% 22% 50%
Arizona 3 22 527 days 1.80 18% 46% 36%
Arkansas 2 12 441 days 2.02 13% 46% 41%
California 19 163 530 days 1.87 19% 44% 37%
Colorado 2 24 487 days 1.88 22% 39% 39%
Connecticut 2 13 509 days 1.74 18% 38% 44%
Delaware 1 7 637 days 1.79 19% 40% 41%
District of Columbia 1 9 661 days 1.82 24% 39% 37%
Florida 8 115 594 days 1.79 21% 45% 34%
Georgia 5 56 574 days 1.80 21% 45% 34%
Hawaii 1 8 432 days 2.52 15% 63% 22%
Illinois 6 73 535 days 1.74 19% 46% 35%
Indiana 5 43 559 days 1.94 18% 47% 35%
Iowa 1 9 508 days 1.72 19% 44% 37%
Kansas 2 17 476 days 1.95 22% 33% 45%
Kentucky 5 49 515 days 1.81 18% 42% 40%
Louisiana 4 35 393 days 2.02 19% 42% 39%
Maine 1 7 521 days 1.73 18% 55% 27%
Maryland 1 25 662 days 1.56 27% 43% 30%
Massachusetts 3 31 440 days 2.00 20% 45% 35%
Michigan 8 88 500 days 1.90 17% 49% 34%
Minnesota 1 12 400 days 2.28 17% 45% 38%
Mississippi 3 24 514 days 2.14 18% 39% 43%
Missouri 4 47 509 days 2.08 22% 38% 40%
Montana 2 19 486 days 1.93 22% 40% 38%
Nebraska 1 11 490 days 1.94 21% 52% 27%
Nevada 2 12 469 days 2.10 18% 41% 41%
New Hampshire 1 7 435 days 1.96 27% 41% 32%
New Jersey 3 33 590 days 1.82 21% 46% 33%
New Mexico 1 12 566 days 2.13 16% 51% 33%
New York 9 93 578 days 1.63 21% 49% 30%
North Carolina 4 47 618 days 1.85 17% 48% 35%
Ohio 6 76 521 days 1.83 18% 39% 43%
Oklahoma 3 30 447 days 2.07 19% 45% 36%
Oregon 2 22 519 days 1.91 20% 39% 41%
Pennsylvania 7 78 562 days 1.92 23% 42% 35%
Puerto Rico 1 11 582 days 2.11 14% 73% 13%
Rhode Island 1 7 388 days 2.49 23% 38% 39%
South Carolina 3 37 525 days 1.98 18% 42% 40%
Tennessee 6 65 514 days 2.03 17% 50% 33%
Texas 7 90 485 days 2.20 21% 37% 42%
Utah 1 8 529 days 2.00 20% 50% 30%
Virginia 2 17 503 days 1.87 16% 38% 46%
Washington 3 36 502 days 1.56 22% 44% 34%
West Virginia 2 16 561 days 1.81 19% 40% 41%
Wisconsin 2 20 584 days 1.67 21% 41% 38%
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