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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 44 603 days 1.57 28% 44% 28%
Alabama 5 63 566 days 1.71 22% 46% 32%
Alaska 1 2 431 days 0.99 55% 14% 31%
Arizona 3 24 589 days 1.59 19% 44% 37%
Arkansas 2 11 365 days 1.43 16% 49% 35%
California 19 154 602 days 1.57 21% 45% 34%
Colorado 2 24 578 days 1.63 26% 36% 38%
Connecticut 2 13 525 days 1.57 18% 40% 42%
Delaware 1 5 639 days 1.71 19% 47% 34%
District of Columbia 1 9 627 days 1.23 33% 35% 32%
Florida 8 101 634 days 1.53 23% 44% 33%
Georgia 5 64 567 days 1.44 23% 47% 30%
Hawaii 1 5 446 days 2.34 11% 60% 29%
Illinois 6 65 553 days 1.48 21% 47% 32%
Indiana 4 36 567 days 1.69 20% 48% 32%
Iowa 1 9 590 days 2.02 20% 52% 28%
Kansas 2 16 507 days 1.61 25% 40% 35%
Kentucky 5 38 554 days 1.73 18% 45% 37%
Louisiana 4 38 433 days 1.95 22% 39% 39%
Maine 1 6 441 days 1.81 21% 45% 34%
Maryland 1 16 653 days 1.45 31% 43% 26%
Massachusetts 3 26 453 days 1.81 24% 43% 33%
Michigan 8 77 524 days 1.71 19% 49% 32%
Minnesota 1 11 516 days 2.03 20% 47% 33%
Mississippi 3 28 524 days 2.07 19% 40% 41%
Missouri 4 48 583 days 2.03 22% 36% 42%
Montana 2 16 520 days 1.74 23% 38% 39%
Nebraska 1 8 564 days 1.85 22% 38% 40%
Nevada 2 11 513 days 1.87 16% 35% 49%
New Hampshire 1 11 441 days 1.55 24% 43% 33%
New Jersey 3 32 646 days 1.45 26% 47% 27%
New Mexico 1 13 551 days 1.87 18% 58% 24%
New York 9 90 660 days 1.46 26% 47% 27%
North Carolina 4 49 650 days 1.66 18% 49% 33%
Ohio 6 66 516 days 1.63 21% 41% 38%
Oklahoma 3 26 450 days 1.70 20% 47% 33%
Oregon 2 23 580 days 1.56 19% 41% 40%
Pennsylvania 7 72 638 days 1.72 26% 40% 34%
Puerto Rico 1 15 750 days 2.11 12% 68% 20%
Rhode Island 1 7 331 days 2.22 25% 35% 40%
South Carolina 3 36 572 days 1.78 18% 42% 40%
Tennessee 6 65 522 days 1.86 17% 52% 31%
Texas 7 87 492 days 1.98 21% 37% 42%
Utah 1 6 557 days 2.07 19% 41% 40%
Virginia 2 19 573 days 1.75 20% 40% 40%
Washington 3 36 563 days 1.26 24% 40% 36%
West Virginia 3 20 617 days 1.53 20% 46% 34%
Wisconsin 2 18 561 days 1.45 27% 44% 29%
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