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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
5 47 546 days 1.81 23% 45% 32%
Alabama 5 66 587 days 1.83 20% 48% 32%
Alaska 1 2 431 days 0.99 55% 14% 31%
Arizona 3 26 614 days 1.70 20% 44% 36%
Arkansas 2 11 367 days 1.87 13% 54% 33%
California 19 170 622 days 1.72 21% 46% 33%
Colorado 2 31 585 days 1.85 24% 40% 36%
Connecticut 2 13 519 days 1.73 16% 41% 43%
Delaware 1 6 637 days 1.68 19% 46% 35%
District of Columbia 1 11 644 days 1.46 29% 37% 34%
Florida 8 114 643 days 1.66 23% 45% 32%
Georgia 5 76 600 days 1.67 22% 47% 31%
Hawaii 1 9 474 days 2.45 15% 65% 20%
Illinois 6 70 581 days 1.65 20% 46% 34%
Indiana 4 45 596 days 1.89 19% 49% 32%
Iowa 1 10 613 days 2.15 20% 50% 30%
Kansas 2 17 547 days 1.86 25% 39% 36%
Kentucky 5 47 583 days 1.90 19% 45% 36%
Louisiana 4 42 451 days 2.04 23% 38% 39%
Maine 1 7 458 days 1.92 20% 47% 33%
Maryland 1 17 649 days 1.60 27% 46% 27%
Massachusetts 3 27 465 days 1.93 21% 45% 34%
Michigan 8 83 554 days 1.93 19% 49% 32%
Minnesota 1 11 546 days 2.11 20% 47% 33%
Mississippi 3 33 573 days 2.09 21% 40% 39%
Missouri 4 49 613 days 2.10 24% 37% 39%
Montana 2 20 558 days 1.82 25% 38% 37%
Nebraska 1 11 591 days 1.99 22% 43% 35%
Nevada 2 11 547 days 1.96 19% 37% 44%
New Hampshire 1 11 435 days 1.76 25% 42% 33%
New Jersey 3 33 692 days 1.64 22% 50% 28%
New Mexico 1 13 555 days 1.84 18% 54% 28%
New York 9 97 687 days 1.66 23% 50% 27%
North Carolina 4 52 666 days 1.78 18% 51% 31%
Ohio 6 72 553 days 1.79 20% 41% 39%
Oklahoma 3 27 461 days 1.86 19% 46% 35%
Oregon 2 23 606 days 1.72 20% 42% 38%
Pennsylvania 7 75 659 days 1.84 25% 42% 33%
Puerto Rico 1 18 821 days 2.06 14% 64% 22%
Rhode Island 1 7 343 days 2.24 23% 38% 39%
South Carolina 3 40 586 days 1.86 20% 43% 37%
Tennessee 6 68 545 days 1.97 18% 51% 31%
Texas 7 91 511 days 1.99 21% 38% 41%
Utah 1 14 591 days 2.21 19% 46% 35%
Virginia 2 20 599 days 1.84 20% 41% 39%
Washington 3 36 581 days 1.44 23% 42% 35%
West Virginia 3 27 648 days 1.88 19% 46% 35%
Wisconsin 2 18 594 days 1.64 23% 44% 33%
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