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Request a Hearing
Request Appeals Council Review
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File an Unfair Hearing Complaint
Submit a Proposed Decision to an ALJ Using FIT

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About the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR)
Why You Should Have Your Hearing By Video
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    The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) administers the hearings and appeals program for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) conduct hearings and issue decisions. The Appeals Council considers appeals from hearing decisions, and acts as the final level of administrative review for the Social Security Administration.

Choose below to obtain detailed information about the Hearings and Appeals  processes and the Federal Court Review process.

Hearings and Appeals Link to information about the hearing process. Link to information about the Appeals Process
Link to information about the Court process.

What's New

Plan to Eliminate the Hearing Backlog Semiannual Report, FY 2008   Adobe Reader Download Page
Major changes on how Representatives prepare proposed FIT draft decisions.
(Revised May 2008)

Did You Know...

You have the right to question Social Security's decision on your case?

Hearing Backlog Initiatives

Plan to Eliminative the Hearing Backlog and Prevent Its Recurrence
     Semiannual Report, FY 2008  Adobe Reader Download Page
Social Security Administration Attacks Disability Backlog - October 9, 2007 Press Release
Plan to Reduce the Hearings Backlog and Improve Public Service at the Social Security Administration  Adobe Reader Download Page
Testimony of Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, before the Senate Finance Committee on SSA's plans to reduce Disability backlogs
Summary of Initiatives to Eliminate the SSA Hearing Backlog - Addendum

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