Social Security has released its latest reports documenting delays in hearing offices throughout the country. The report, from the Office of the Inspector General, does not contain a comparison to last year's report but it does appear to me that there has been a slight improvement in reducing delays. In Atlanta, where I practice there has been a slight improvement from over 900 days delay to 713 day (downtown Atlanta) and 872 days (Atlanta North).
This month's NOSSCR (National Association of Social Security Claimant's Representatives) newsletter contains a story about SSA Commissioner Michael Astrue's efforts to increase the productivity of the judges and to reduce backlogs. As noted before, I applaud SSA's transition to electronic file folders and it does appear that Commissioner Astrue's efforts are beginning to pay off.
I scanned the report from the NOSSCR Forum bulletin, which you can download by clicking on the link here: ssdelays