The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) has provided the following recent update.
To help address the growing DDS backlog, NOSSCR has been working closely with OHO to have certain hearing office staff temporarily reassigned to the state agencies.
We are pleased to report that OHO has agreed to send a significant number of attorney advisors to the DDSs for a one-year detail. They are currently in training, and we are hopeful this will help reduce the enormous backlog of cases pending at the DDS level.
OHO also reported that 56 new ALJs have been hired and will start their training in mid-October. NOSSCR is continuing to work with OHO and other components of SSA on a variety of issues and we will keep you informed of our efforts and results.