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GAO Releases Larson-Requested Study on Social Security Hearings Goals

June 17, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study titled “Social Security Disability: Process Needed to Review Productivity Expectations for Administrative Law Judges” that was requested by Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01).  The report can be found here.

“I thank the GAO for releasing this report on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) productivity goals for Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). ALJs preside over SSA appeals hearings, playing a vital role in impartial and fair adjudication of Social Security benefit claims. This report examines how SSA sets productivity goals for ALJs, the extent to which ALJs have met these goals, what factors may affect their ability to meet them, how SSA helps ALJs meet productivity goals, and the steps SSA takes when ALJs do not meet them. The report recommends that SSA establish and implement a process for periodically reviewing productivity goals for judges, and determine whether the expectations are reasonable. I support these recommendations,” said Larson.