Wednesday, April 16, 2008

GAO Study Finds Significant Backlog In Social Security Disability Cases

A Government Accountability Office study recently confirmed what many in the legal profession already knew—the Social Security Administration has gotten much slower in processing Social Security disability claims.

Between the 1997 and 2006 fiscal years, backlogged disability claims doubled to about 576,000 cases. The number of backlogged cases increased at almost every stage of the process; only the Appeals Council process processed cases more efficiently. Nearly three-quarters of the backlog is at the hearing level stage. The GAO blames substantial growth in the numbers of disability claims, staff losses and turnover, and management weaknesses for the increased in backlogged cases.

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